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Convicted terrorist wants leave to complete his degree

Tuesday 06 November 2012

Junior justice minister Fred Teeven has been asked to reconsider his decision to ban a young convicted terrorist from going on leave so he can work towards completing his business economics degree.

Samir Azzouz was sentenced to nine years in jail for membership of a terrorist organisation, plotting attacks on political targets and recruiting people for the armed struggle against 'the enemies of Islam'.

Azzouz is on a list of prisoners considered a flight risk, and the minister, prison director and public prosecution department oppose giving him leave, a precursor to a move to a more open prison where he can work on his thesis.


Azzouz argues he should be able to complete his studies in order to reintegrate into society when he is released in September 2013.

Now the council charged with overseeing young offenders rights has told Teeven to reconsider his request within two weeks.

The issue is more complicated because in September, another prisoner claimed Azzouz had been planning further terrorist attacks from inside jail. Although no evidence was made public, he is still considered a suspect, the public prosecution department says.

Azzouz went through three trials before he was finally convicted of terrorist offences.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

so does that mean that Junior justice minister Fred Teeven, has been tactfully been asked or told that he has to reverse his decision?
what is the world coming to...he is a flight risk and a convicted terrorist.
if its so important why cant he wait until he is out of prison next year?, then he can sort it out himself (as do most dutch students) without the help of some do-gooder trying to make a name for themselves pffff

By jenny | 6 November 2012 7:38 PM

The man should be thankful that he is allowed to study in the comfort of his cell.

By Bill | 6 November 2012 11:14 PM

Absolutely not!

By Elizabeth | 7 November 2012 8:56 AM

Chances are Junior Justice Minister, Teeven, will give the Junior terrorist what he wants. And why not give the poor guy conjugal leave, and a new laptop as well?

By Quince | 7 November 2012 4:04 PM

Absolutely not what, Elizabeth?

By Bill | 7 November 2012 7:40 PM

This is a joke, right‽ If so, the world has a muted laugh in store. If not, then the world has a loud guffaw coming at the expense of "justice" in NL being such a farce!

De Oppresso Liber

By Drawer 22 | 7 November 2012 8:28 PM

Well, I good suggestion should ask him if he wants first to study the Bible as a prove that he has been transformed .

By JORGE | 7 November 2012 9:30 PM

I cant believe how far some people want to stretch their limited rights.

Kenya News

By kenyanews | 8 November 2012 5:34 AM

So this guy is caught in Ukraine going to fight in a Jihad. Sent back here, released, robs a store, they find ammo, bomb making supplies (fertilizer etc), and an actual bomb, but isn't convicted because he used the wrong type of fertilizer. THEN he is caught trying to buy heavy weapons and finally convicted. Now there's talk about letting him out to finish his studies? Are the Dutch courts crazy? Where is the uproar in the public, or will you wait until he completes the will of Allah?

By DH | 8 November 2012 11:53 AM

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