Hague anti-Islam politician dies in apparent suicide after gang rape claim


The Hague city councilor Willie Dille committed suicide on Wednesday, newspaper AD reports based on sources.

Earlier on Wednesday Dille posted a video on Facebook in which she claimed that she was kidnapped, raped and assaulted by a group of Muslim people on March 15th last year - the day of the municipal elections. The perpetrators wanted her to keep quiet in the city council, Dille said. 

Dille did not file a formal complaint about the alleged violent crimes, though she was given the opportunity to do so, a police spokesperson told AD. Authorities said they reached out to her several times to investigate her accusations, and to offer her victim services, but no complaint and no evidence there was little investigators could do.

The PVV chairman in the Hague, Karen Gerbrands, confirmed Dille's death, as did contentious anti-Islam PVV leader Geert Wilders. "We will miss her tremendously," Wilders said, calling her a "warm colleague," who always looked out for her fellow people.

The police could not confirm Dille's death to NU.nl, but did say that there was a suicide in The Hague on Wednesday.

Those in the Netherlands who are suffering from depression or contemplating suicide may call counselors at Sensoor, 0900-0767 (5 ct./min.), or call their volunteers at a local number. 113 Zelfmoordpreventie is also available 24/7 at number 0900-0133. A list of suicide crisis hotlines outside the Netherlands is available on Wikipedia.