Compensation paid to terrorist suspects

The five men freed from jail after being found not guilty of being members of the so-called Hofstad terrorist group have been awarded damages ranging from €20,000 to €90,000. The man who made the biggest claim, €1.6m, was awarded €72,000.

The court said it had agreed to pay higher damages than normal because of the media attention which had been focused on them during the trial. The court also agreed to partially compensate the men for loss of income for the time they were in jail. The men had spent longer than one year in prison before being released.
Claims against future earnings were dismissed. The defendants had argued they now found it impossible to get work since being associated with terrorists.

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