Suspect of threatening Prime Minister Rutte remains detained longer

The 22-year-old Amsterdammer who is suspected of threatening outgoing Prime Minister Rutte will remain in prison longer. The court ruled at a pro forma hearing that there is a good chance that the man will post again on social media if he is released. The investigation into his psychological condition has not yet been completed.

The man, Yavuz O., is said to have posted inflammatory messages in public Telegram groups. According to the indictment, he threatened to shoot Rutte between December last year and July this year.

He also said he was looking for allies to storm parliament by force and was looking for weapons.

Looking for friends

The suspect could be heard at the hearing via a connection, says reporter Pien Leerink. “He indicated that he was only looking for friends on Telegram. He also said that he was struggling psychologically with himself.”

At the end of last month, it was revealed that Rutte is being more heavily protected than before. This case has nothing to do with that. A second preparatory session is scheduled for early next year.