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Paul Abels and Ben de Jong about Security Services and Murder

Following the murder of two Dutch people - of which Iran is suspected - Trouw investigates how usual these practices are. Paul Abels, Professor of Intelligence Studies and Ben de Jong, Researcher, both working at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), will address the subject.

Liquidations by abroad

It appears that liquidations on foreign spies have been carried out earlier. It concerns the murder in Rotterdam on a Ukrainian nationalist leader in 1938 by the NKVD, the security service at the time of the Soviet Union. Ben de Jong studied the murder and told Trouw that: 'The Soviets were very much bitten on those Ukrainian nationalists', Stalin had the scabies on those people.'

Liquidations through the Netherlands

In response to the question 'do Dutch services also carry out these kinds of murders?', The AIVD and the military intelligence service MIVD assure that they are not planning liquidations. Exceptionally, soldiers or police officers get a ‘license to kill’. This happened in 2004, for example, in the storming of a home in Laakkwartier in The Hague where 2 terrorists from the Hofstad group were located. Paul Abels: 'It was necessary to prevent these men from committing an attack.

Read the full article via Trouw (Dutch).

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