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- Dutch prosecutors have charged a “famous” Pakistani, reportedly identified by Geert Wilders as former cricketer Khalid Latif, with inciting murder, sedition, and threats against a Dutch lawmaker.
- The charges are based on a video allegedly posted by the suspect in 2018, offering 21,000 euros for the killing of an unspecified Dutch MP.
- Latif, who was banned from cricket for five years in 2017 for spot-fixing, denied any involvement in the charges, and the Dutch authorities have requested Pakistan’s help to serve the summons.
The Netherlands announced on Monday that it was prosecuting a “famous” Pakistani for allegedly inciting the murder of a lawmaker. According to reports, the suspect offered 21,000 euros ($23,000) in 2018 for the killing of a Dutch MP through a video on the internet, without identifying the target. The Dutch public prosecution service did not name the suspect or the intended victim in its statement.
Dutch Prosecutors Charge Pakistani Cricketer with Inciting Murder of Lawmaker
However, Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders identified the suspect as former Pakistani international cricketer Khalid Latif. Wilders, who had canceled a competition for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2018 after receiving death threats, thanked the prosecutors and urged them to prosecute other people whom he accused of making threats.
The Dutch prosecutors revealed that the suspect is identifiable because he is a “famous person” in his home country, and the Dutch police recognized him from the images. Latif, who is currently coaching at the club level in Karachi, Pakistan, denied any knowledge of the charges.
Dutch prosecutors have submitted a request to Pakistan to serve the summons on the suspect, but this could be “very complicated” as the two countries have no legal treaty. Prosecutors have summoned Latif to attend a court near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on August 29 on charges of attempting to incite murder, sedition, and threats. In 2019, prosecutors had also requested to question Latif.
Latif, 37, was banned from cricket for five years in 2017 for spot-fixing in a Pakistan Super League match in Dubai. He was found guilty of orchestrating a deal for his fellow opener Sharjeel Khan to play dot balls in return for money during a Pakistan Super League match in Dubai in 2017. Latif completed his ban last year and has since been living a low-profile life.
While the Dutch prosecution service did not give any further details on the case, it is a known fact that Wilders has faced several death threats in the past for his controversial statements on Islam. The case is likely to raise tensions between the Netherlands and Pakistan. However, the Pakistani embassy in The Hague has not issued any official statement on the matter as of now.
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