Dutch police arrest and release former far-right party member amid reports of possible plan to attack Prime Minister

Arnoud Van Doorn, who as soon as served as a senior political adviser for populist Freedom Get together chief Geert Wilders, was arrested by the Royal and Diplomatic Safety Service on Sunday in The Hague, a spokesperson for town’s Public Prosecutor’s Workplace advised CNN.

The arrest comes amid stories from the Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf and Reuters that Rutte’s safety has been heightened following fears he could be the goal of an assault or kidnapping by a legal gang. CNN has not been in a position to independently verify the stories.

Van Doorn was launched on Monday however “remains a suspect,” in reference to “trying to provide information to others to prepare a serious crime,” in response to the Public Prosecutor’s Workplace.

“The man acted suspiciously so he was arrested and released later, and the investigation must show what exactly was going on,” one other spokesperson mentioned in an emailed response to CNN, including that the investigation has not but been accomplished.

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In an announcement issued to CNN, Van Doorne’s lawyer, Anis Boumanjal, dismissed the allegations, saying they’re “devoid of reality” and “not supported by facts.”

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“The DKDB based the arrest on the fact that my client exhibited suspicious behavior but have otherwise left us in the dark as to what exactly is understood by said suspicious behaviour,” the assertion says.

It provides Van Doorn was in the identical space as Rutte as a result of his mom lives there and he visits the identical cafe because the Prime Minister. He additionally apparently visited a health heart the Prime Minister belongs to, inquiring about charges and working hours, the lawyer mentioned.

CNN has reached out to the Prime Minister’s workplace for remark.