The search of the premises of Rwandan politician Victoire Ingabire on Monday morning in Zevenhuizen, the Netherlands, has shocked politicians in the political capital The Hague. MPs from Dutch parties PvdA (Social-Democrats) and the ChristenUnie (Christian Union) demand an explanation from Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten.
“This raises many questions,” said Jeroen Recourt, PvdA MP and judiciary spokesman. “How can it be that the Department of Justice obediently conducts a search, upon Rwanda’s orders, while at the same time the Netherlands has serious doubts whether the Ingabire lawsuit will result in a fair trial? The Justice Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs haven’t communicated with one another properly.”