Jihadis jailed by Dutch judges, despite earlier Turkish conviction

Two Dutch jihadis have been jailed by the Dutch courts for terrorism offences, despite being previously convicted in the Turkish legal system.

Oussama A, 24, from Utrecht, was jailed for 7.5 years by judges in The Hague on Tuesday for being membership of a terrorist organisation and for committing crimes against humanity.

Reda N, 25, from Leiden, was jailed for 4.5 years on terrorism charges.

Both men were earlier sentenced to six years in jail by a Turkish judge in 2018, two years after their arrest. But both were released from jail after the verdict for unknown reasons, the NRC said on Wednesday.

The men’s defence lawyer has said he will appeal against the sentences because they have already been found guilty in Turkey. A double punishment would be a denial of the entire Turkish legal process, he said.

The paper says a Dutch woman was jailed for four years in Turkey for terrorist offences last week but she too was released from jail. The woman, from Apeldoorn, will also be tried in the Dutch system, the NRC said.

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