A sixth suspect has been arrested in the Netherlands in the investigation into threats against Minister of Justice Van Quickenborne. This is reported by VRT Nieuws, and is confirmed by the federal prosecutor’s office. The sixth suspect was already arrested on January 5, in February the Dutch judiciary will decide whether he will be handed over to Belgium.
On Saturday 24 September it became known that Van Quickenborne’s home in Kortrijk had been placed under increased security by the National Crisis Center because of a possible threat. The exact nature was not communicated, but there would have been plans to kidnap the minister. A weapon, straps and bottles of petrol were found in an abandoned car. Van Quickenborne and his family were taken to a safe house. At the end of September, Van Quickenborne and his family were able to leave the safe house, but they had to go into hiding again at the beginning of December.
Three suspects were already arrested in The Hague and Leidschendam in the night of 23 to 24 September. A fourth was arrested in The Hague a day later. The suspects were extradited to Belgium and have been held in pre-trial detention ever since. Just today, a fifth suspect, who was arrested in December in the Netherlands, was also handed over to Belgium.