Everybody is equal but some...
The sentence is so high, the judge said, because he tried to influence the government policy with the threat. 'The threat with violence to the address of Verdonk was an attack on the governing board of Dutch society' the judge said. 'With his actions E. has attacked the democratic order of the Dutch rule of law and with that the essential principles of a free and open society'.
The strange thing is, that the execution of Pim Fortuyn him self was not recognized by the Dutch court as an political murder or even an attack on the Dutch Democracy. Apparently it matters if you are part of the government or only candidate for government.