Calls for 15 year sentences in terrorism trial

Five men should be jailed for up to 15 years for their membership of a terrorist organisation which was preparing to attack Dutch political targets and the secret service offices, the public prosecution department said on Monday.

The five were found not guilty of forming a terrorist group at their original trial in December 2006. The state is now appealing this verdict in what has become known as the Piranha case. One of the five involved, Samir Azzouz has already been jailed for terrorist offences.
The public prosecution department claims the five are connected to the so-called Hofstad terrorist network which was behind the murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh.

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