Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 08:18
"Radioactive," threatening ISIS letters sent to collections agents
A number of collection offices in The Hague and Amsterdam have received letters containing "radioactive" this past month. The letters are signed by ISIS/Islamic Caliphate. One office in The Hague also received a letter pronouncing a death sentence on the office. "By opening this letter you have been infected with heavy radioactive material in powder form from the Syrian army's stocks. You have a maximum of two months to live", the one letter reads, AD reports. The newspaper has a copy of the letter in its possession. The letter is signed by ISIS and is written in rather clumsy Dutch. "This is the punishment that ALLAH has determined for you because you have taken money and goods from the poor, something which is expressly forbidden by the Holy KORAN. Your home addresses are known to us, but your family will be spared once you quit your job." This is the second letter that the owner of large collection bailiff's office in the Hague has received. The previous one, singed by the Muslim Platform Holland, pronounced a death sentence on his office which would only be removed if every mosque in The Hague receives a large amount of money. This letter was written in English, which is also rather clumsy. "Your office has threaten us to sell our mosque because of non-paid bills. In our culture this is a big sin for which the penalty is death by the sword." the letter reads. "The police will not be able to protect you because they have not enough manpower. Our jihadists are willing to kill a non believer and friend of the devil like you." The collection bailiff in The Hague immediately reported both letters to the police. "After 20 years in this profession the average death treat doesn't frighten me so quickly, but I find such letters from an extremist corner really very unpleasant." he told the AD. The police are investigating the matter, but they have very few leads. Police spokesperson Loek Houtepen told the newspaper that the offices seem to have been randomly selected, but would not say how many letters have been received. The powder turned out not to be dangerous. The police don't believe that the letters were actually sent from the terrorist organization. No one has been arrested yet. The Royal Association of Collection Bailiffs wants the police to do everything possible to identify the perpetrators - they want to know who is behind these letters. "Unfortunately it seems that the police and justice are still not taking the reports by collection bailiffs seriously." spokesperson Karen Weisfelt said. "We have been assigned n important social function in the Dutch legal system, which is not popular with many people, and sometimes even dangerous. Our profession therefore deserves all possible protection."