Prosecution winds up in Piranha court case
Monday 06 November 2006
The Public Prosecution Department has called for prison terms of up to 15 years for the six terrorist suspects currently on trial in Amsterdam in the so-called Piranha case. Samir Azzouz and Mohamed C. could both face 15-year jail terms if found guilty. .
In two previous trials, Azzouz has been found not guilty of planning to launch terrorist attacks. The prosecution alleges the five were members of a terrorist network which was preparing to attack politicians and the AIVD (Dutch Secret Service) building.
All five are also guilty of possessing illegal weapons and, three of them, of trying to recruit people to join the armed struggle, the prosecution alleges.
It demanded a 12-year sentence for Nouriddin El Fahtni and ten years for his ex-wife, Soumaya Sahla. A fifth man – Mohammed H – faces eight years. The sixth has already been freed but faces 12 months for forging documents and possessing illegal weapons.
The Public Prosecution Department says that it is confident it will secure convictions for the five – despite efforts to discredit several witnesses. The laws on terrorism have been amended since Azzouz was freed on earlier charges