Because you're never too early to claim victim status!
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh here. Imam van de Ven (read more about him below) probably has a good reason to go into hiding, as the Dutch are furious about his comments he'd like to see MP Geert Wilders dead within two years.
Plus, the last thing this country needs right now is some right wing moron killing Van de Ven, thereby creating a radical Islamist martyr. (I personally disapprove of combating barbarism with barbarism anyway, but if there are any hot shots out there who need a good pragmatic reason to keep their aggression in check, the above reason should do.)
Van de Ven also explained his position on what he meant when he said he wouldn't mind seeing Mr. Wilders dead. Apparently, he wants Mr. Wilders dead the way many Europeans and Americans wouldn't mind seeing Osama bin Laden six feet under.
Yeah, I will never forget the day hijackers trained and financed by Mr. Wilders used four civilian planes as cruise missiles to kill 3,000 citizens from all over the world.