Acquitted terror suspects awarded damages
7 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Rotterdam Court awarded on Tuesday the former suspects in the trial of the terror network Hofstadgroep damages amounting to EUR 72,000.
7 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Rotterdam Court awarded on Tuesday the former suspects in the trial of the terror network Hofstadgroep damages amounting to EUR 72,000.
The figure was significantly lower than the EUR 1.6 million demanded by the five acquitted suspects.
However, the court awarded slightly more damages than what is normally granted for the time the suspects spent in remand custody.
This was due to the serious suspicions of terrorism and the intense media coverage. The judge also awarded damages for lost income.
But the court rejected demands for compensation to buy a new house and car, to obtain a new name and lost future income.
The five suspects spent more than a year in remand custody following their arrest in the days after the 2 November 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
The public prosecution said the awarding of limited damages was recognition of the fact the suspects were acquitted, but that they also held close links with the Hofstadgroep.
The killer of Van Gogh, Mohammed B. was the leader of the Hofstadgroep terror network.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news