A Dutch city council member reportedly committed suicide just hours after posting a video online in which she claimed to have been gang-raped by a group of Muslims who were following the orders of a former fellow member of her anti-immigration PVV party.
Dille served as an MP for the anti-immigrant Freedom Party from 2010-2012 before returning to her seat on The Hague city council. The party’s leader, Geert Wilders, is an outspoken critic of Islam.
The suicide was confirmed by local Freedom Party leader Karen Gerbrands who said Dille “could no longer bear what had happened to her and the reactions she had had.”
Appearing distressed and looking around nervously as she spoke, Dille said in the video that the gang demanded her silence during council debates and that she had recently received a death threat warning that “we will soon cut your throat and let you bleed to death.”
“I just want the world to know the truth. 15 March 2017 I was kidnapped, raped and assaulted by a group of Muslims because they wanted me to keep quiet in the Hague city council,” she said in the video. March 15th last year was the day of the parliamentary elections. “After it happened, I did not tell anyone, I just did my debates the next day.”
She added that she was leaving politics because she was afraid that someone might hurt her children. “I cannot live with that. They don’t like women at all. They don’t like me at all,” she said. “That’s why I decided to stop.”
The video was removed shortly after it was posted online.
Police confirmed to RT that Dille posted the video on social media on August 6 and died on August 8. They also said that authorities had contact with Dille “on multiple occasions in the past period, concerning the incidents she claimed had happened to her.
“We can confirm that Ms. Dille never filed a formal complaint,” the police said, adding that officers advised her “several times” to proceed with one. “But for reasons not known to us, [she] didn’t. Neither did she provide us with details about the incident to enable us to commence an investigation.”
In a statement released on Twitter, Wilders said he was shocked by Dille’s death and that she would be missed “enormously.”
In a video Dille reportedly posted online earlier in the day, she claimed former PVV parliament member Arnoud van Doorn – who apparently disliked her — ordered the attack, which allegedly happened in early 2017.
The video reportedly showed Dille pale and thin-looking.
She claimed she was told by the attackers to keep quiet in the council debating chamber, among other threats she said to have received.
The footage ended with her saying she was resigning her council seat, Dutch News reported.
The mayor of The Hague, Pauline Krikke, described Dille in a statement as someone who was “involved and passionate” with politics, the website added.
Van Doorn, however, denies the alleged attack and says he is weighing his legal options after his name surfaced.
Police also told the AD newspaper that Dille never made a formal complaint to them about the alleged attack.
“We offered her help and said we need a formal complaint and concrete evidence to start an investigation.
But she did not make a formal complaint and we did not get any concrete information to enable us to launch an inquiry,” spokesperson Hilde Vijverberg said, according to Dutch News.