Dutch women lose NATO jobs after marrying Muslims

Two Dutch women, have lost their jobs at a NATO base in Geilenkirchen over their marriage to Muslim men which took place during a holiday in Tunisia, the NIS Dutch news service reports.

Dutch women lose NATO jobs after marrying Muslims
Two Dutch women, have lost their jobs at a NATO base in Geilenkirchen over their marriage to Muslim men which took place during a holiday in Tunisia, the NIS Dutch news service reports.

One of the women was the personal assistant of Colonel Jelle Zijlstra, deputy commandant of the base.

Both women - who were identified only by their first names Patricia and Gerda - had a level of security clearance that would have allowed them to access possible NATO secrets, the NIS report said.

Following their weddings in Tunisia to local men who they met on while on holiday to the North African country in 2007, the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) withdrew the women's NATO security clearance.

According to a report by the Dutch daily De Telegraaf, the two Tunisian men were classified as "extremely high-risk".

Although it is not clear why the men - whose names were not published - are classified as high risk, their marriage was described as "suspicious" by officials at the Geilenkirchen base, home to 17 AWACS surveillance planes - used against aerial terrorist threats.

However, Zijlstra appeared to defend the women.

"These ladies have worked for us loyally for years, so why should I not give them moral support? I am not aware of any wrongful actions", he was quoted as saying.

According to the NIS report, one of the women has filed for divorce from her Tunisian husband and has demanded her NATO job back, suing the Dutch state for lifting her security clearance. Her case will be heard in court on September 10.

AKI
Last Mod: 30 Ağustos 2007, 10:36
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