Friday 07 August 2020

Mosque fire bomber to be moved to new jail after jihadi threats

A man servicing four years in jail for fire bombing a mosque in Enschede is to be moved from the high security prison in Vught because he is being targeted by jihadis who are also being held there, broadcaster RTL said on Thursday.

At his trial last year, the man, plus four others, was found guilty of committing a terrorist offence, hence the automatic placement at the Vught terrorism unit.

The man has been kept in solitary confinement for seven months after complaining of feeling unsafe and being threatened by radicalised Muslim inmates. He had lost two earlier attempts to be moved to a new jail.

The criminal sentencing appeals committee has now ruled he should be moved to a new prison. It ruled that the outdoor area allocated to the man is not properly separated from the main exercise yard and that he could still be in danger.

Last month, Amnesty International slammed conditions at the Dutch terrorist units, saying they are inhuman and violate human rights.

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