Thursday 12 December 2019

Dutch terror suspects gets higher sentence on appeal

A Dutch terror suspect who twice failed to enter Syria has been given a higher jail sentence on appeal, reports RTL Nieuws.

The 24-year-old man from The Hague, known as Martijn N., has been sentenced to 40 months’ imprisonment for preparing terrorist crimes and trying to participate in a terrorist organisation.

He had earlier been sentenced to 31 months in jail, some of which was suspended, but the public prosecution service protested that this was too light a sentence.

The court of appeal agreed, saying there was a danger that he would recommence terrorist activities and recommending a longer punishment than the 36 months the prosecutor had demanded.

The man had apparently not shown that he wanted to take part in Dutch society in a constructive way, according to press reports of the case in The Hague. He was also unprepared to follow conditions to mitigate the sentence.

Son of a Dutch father and Tanzanian mother, he reportedly became more extreme in his Islamic beliefs from the age of 18, and tried to enter Syria from Turkey in 2014 and 2016 – even though by this time he was registered as a terror suspect and had seen his passport withdrawn. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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