Woman accused of false terror tip released

A 48-year-old woman accused of falsely tipping off police that a terrorist attack was planned in Amsterdam Zuidoost in March was released from detention by a court in Rotterdam on Wednesday although she remains a suspect, according to media reports.

Police picked up seven ‘terrorist suspects’ following the woman’s telephone call but these were all later released without being charged.
In court on Wednesday it emerged that one of the addresses the woman gave police was her own and that her husband and children were among those arrested.
The public prosecution service claimed on Wednesday that they have proof that Saïda H. made the call falsely tipping off police about the placement of bombs in several stores in Amsterdam Arena Boulevard, Mediamarkt and Ikea.
According to the prosecutor she also called police with a tip five years ago after the Madrid bombing and had ‘sought attention from government services with inaccurate information’ on several occasions, reports the NRC.
The prosecutor suggested that the suspect has a history of mental disturbance and wants her assessed by Pieter Baan psychiatric clinic but the judge found this unnecessary, says the NRC.
Saïda H. told the court that she would ‘never ever’ have made such a call and that her family mean everything to her, the paper reports. She said she wanted to go home but was afraid for her life because of what people would do to her if they thought she was the person who tipped off police.
According to her lawyer, there are at least four other possible suspects but the justice department has ‘zoomed in’ on Saïda H. and are not investigating further, reports the NRC.

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