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Threatening Bettel and Lenert

Author of minister death threats arrested



Xavier Bettel had, alongside Paulette Lenert and other public figures, been threatened.  Photo: Shutterstock

Xavier Bettel had, alongside Paulette Lenert and other public figures, been threatened.  Photo: Shutterstock

A man suspected of sending death threats to prime minister Xavier Bettel and health minister Paulette Lenert has been arrested, the Luxembourg public prosecutor’s office said on Friday.

Following stricter covid-19 measures, the introduction of CovidCheck in the catering sector and other related decisions, Bettel (DP) and Lenert (LSAP) started receiving letters containing death threats. 

One of the authors has been identified as a 37-year-old man by the grand duchy’s police. 

The man, whose name has not been revealed, has been arrested and will appear in front of the investigating judge on 10 December. Though the public prosecutor in its official statement said that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the perpetrator has been charged by the investigating magistrate. 

At the time of receiving the threats, Bettel had said that though he supports freedom of speech, there is a tone to respect. 

While the enquiry continues, the man has been placed in Luxembourg’s prison in Schrassig.