Tuesday 30 November 2021

Jihadis kept out of police stations because of safety fears

Cordon tape from policeTerrorism suspects who are required to report daily to their local police station are not being allowed inside the building in some areas, the AD says on Thursday.

In The Hague, for example, returning jihadis are told to identify themselves via the intercom. Police personnel are worried about letting them into the buildings because they fear an attack, the AD says.

The paper estimates that several dozen would-be jihadis or people who have come back from Syria are required to report to the police every day, so their movements can be monitored.

One told the AD that since the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, he has been told to ‘report via the intercom at the back of the building’.

Searched

The lawyer of another jihadi told the paper he has been told that suspects are divided into different categories. Those considered to be dangerous are not allowed inside at all. Others are searched outside the police station before being admitted.

Sources told the paper there is no national policy for dealing with suspects who have to report to their local bureau.

Justice minister Ivo Opstelten is planning to increase the number of suspects who are required to report to the police, the AD says.

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