B ‘likely to get life’

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22 July 2005, AMSTERDAM – Mohammed B’s sentence to be handed down by the court on Tuesday is not likely to come as a surprise.

22 July 2005

AMSTERDAM – Mohammed B’s sentence to be handed down by the court on Tuesday is not likely to come as a surprise.

His lawyer P Plasman is sure he will get a life sentence, in accord with the demand by public prosecutor F van Straelen.

B himself has said he would find it ‘cowardly’ to get less than life, the maximum sentence. The reasons given by the judges will likely be the most interesting thing about the verdict.

Also of interest will be whether the court will find evidence of the ‘terrorist intent’ in the various crimes and whether B has hindered VVD politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali in her parliamentary duties, as the public prosecutor has argued.

Doubt over whether B committed premeditated murder looks impossible. The defence made no pleas, in accord with B’s wishes.

After receiving his sentence in Amsterdam, B may again appear in court for his role in the suspected terror network the Hofstadgroep.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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