Spanish Islamic radical expelled from Holland

17th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 November 2004, THE HAGUE- An Algerian Islamic radical has been expelled from the Netherlands to Spain as he was believed to be a threat to public safety, Dutch officials said.

17 November 2004

THE HAGUE- An Algerian Islamic radical has been expelled from the Netherlands to Spain as he was believed to be a threat to public safety, Dutch officials said.

"He was expelled to Spain where he has a residency permit. He was handed over to the Spanish authorities," said immigration ministry spokesman Martin Bruinsma.

Abdelhamid Bouchema, 38, was arrested in 2002 with 11 others suspected by Dutch authorities of recruiting members for the Al-Qaeda terror network in The Netherlands.

They were freed in mid-2003 when a Rotterdam court held that the Dutch authorities had not presented sufficient evidence against them.

Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk ordered Bouchema to be expelled after intelligence services produced a new report according to which he had taken part in several meetings in the country inciting Muslims to violence.

The move comes after the murder of controversial film maker Theo Van Gogh by Islamic radicals and a series of disturbances involving Islamic extremists and far-Right activists in Holland.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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