Belgium investigates email threat against Kurdish-Flemish minister

The prosecutor's office in Belgium's eastern province of Limburg has begun an investigation into an email threat made against Kurdish-Flemish minister Zuhal Demir on Wednesday, the Brussels Times reported.

The threat came in an email addressed to Demir, the region's minister in charge of justice, following her comments on the mosques in the country linked to Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, also known as the Diyanet, the Brussels Times said.

In a Facebook on Nov.13, Demir said that the Diyanet mosques are being used as a tool for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to control Belgian Turks.

“Mosques must be financially and ideologically independent from their home countries. If not, they will eventually lose their recognition,” Demir said.

Diyanet is “the long arm of Erdoğan” in Belgium, she said.

The email warned Demir to stop commenting or she would be raped, according to the Brussels Times.

German authorities have accused Turkish imams employed by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), the branch of Diyanet in the country, of working for Turkish intelligence.