Thursday 20 January 2022

Four years in jail for man who shot at Saudi embassy

The Hague District Court has convicted a man from Zoetermeer for attacking the Saudi Arabian embassy in The Hague November 2020 and sentenced him to four years in jail.

Mohamed A. shot into the embassy building 29 times after consulate staff refused to give him a visa to travel to the kingdom. He wanted to travel to Mecca for an Islamic pilgrimage.

The public prosecution service asked for a ten-year sentence, but the court refused to convict him on charges of terrorism, writing there was no evidence he was attempting to frighten the Dutch public. He was, however, convicted of attempted murder because a security guard was in the building during the early morning attack.

His sentence was reduced because of ongoing mental health problems. According to the prosecution, he suffers from delusions of grandeur.

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