Community service for "riot tourists"

21st March 2007, Comments 0 comments

21 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The magistrate in Utrecht sentenced a 40-year-old Utrecht man to 10 weeks in prison for taking part in the riots in the neighbourhood of Ondiep last week and throwing a stone at police.

21 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The magistrate in Utrecht sentenced a 40-year-old Utrecht man to 10 weeks in prison for taking part in the riots in the neighbourhood of Ondiep last week and throwing a stone at police.

Magistrate P. van Riemsdijk was more lenient towards three other suspects from Utrecht. He imposed community service sentences for public violence and stirring up the crowd. The judge described them as "tourists and sensation seekers in their own backyard."

Van Riemsdijk said the penalties came close to the maximum for the offences, not because of all the media attention but because anyone who throws even one stone during a riot contributes to the spread of the violence.

A fifth Utrecht resident who insulted and threatened a police officer was fined EUR 250. The magistrate said this man was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Another eight people must still be brought before the magistrate.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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