Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has received a death threat after his appearance on Australian TV.
A radical Muslim preacher, Feiz Muhammad, speaking on a members-only jihadist website, described Mr Wilders as a devil and a dirty politician. The preacher called on Dutch radical Muslims to decapitate Mr Wilders because he was "humiliating Islam".
An interview with Mr Wilders recorded in June was aired by SBS TV in Australia on Sunday. He called Islamic culture "retarded" and "violent".
Mr Muhammad said, "Seeing this evil filth from people like that dirty politician... In Islam, anyone that mocks Islam, anyone that laughs about Islam, degrades Islam, the punishment whether he is a Muslim or a non-Muslim, the punishment of mocking Islam is death. (...) If he did this, if it's been confirmed, behead him, chop his head off."
The Dutch intelligence service (AIVD) possesses a copy of the imam's speech. Intelligence sources say Feiz Muhammad is considered on a par with US Muslim preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who is seen as the brains behind a failed attack on a plane flying over Detroit.
Mr Wilders told daily De Telegraaf, which published a recording of the speech on its website, that he is shocked by the death threat. He got in touch with the Netherlands' anti-terror czar, Erik Akerboom on Thursday. "I want to know right away why the AIVD and the anti-terrorism co-ordinator never told me about this threat."
Mr Wilders' Freedom Party wants to restrict immigration from Islamic countries and considers Islam a violent ideology rather than a religion. The Freedom Party is currently involved in protracted negotiations to support a minority centre-right government of free-market liberals and Christian Democrats.