Dutch police hold Paris US embassy plot convict

24th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

THE HAGUE, June 24 (AFP) - Jerome Courtailler, a French convert to Islam who was sentenced in absentia on Monday to six years in prison for plotting attacks on US targets in France and Belgium, turned himself in to Dutch police and was arrested on Thursday, authorities here said.

THE HAGUE, June 24 (AFP) - Jerome Courtailler, a French convert to Islam who was sentenced in absentia on Monday to six years in prison for plotting attacks on US targets in France and Belgium, turned himself in to Dutch police and was arrested on Thursday, authorities here said.

"The convicted man turned himself in to the Rotterdam police (Thursday) morning. There will be no announcements on the hows and whys," the public prosecutor's office said in a statement.

On Monday a Dutch appeals court convicted 29-year-old Courtailler and Algerian Abdelghani Rabia for belonging to "an international criminal organisation whose purpose was to commit terrorist attacks ... on US targets in France and Belgium".

The judges ordered Rabia and Courtailler to be arrested and detained. Rabia is currently thought to be in Algeria.

Both men were deported from the Netherlands in December 2002 after being acquitted by lower court of charges of belonging to a Europe-wide Islamic militant network accused of plotting attacks on US interests, notably the US embassy in Paris and a US military base in Belgium.

On Monday a Dutch appeals court reversed the acquittal and sentenced Courtailler and Rabia to six and four years in prison respectively.

© AFP

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