Convert faces jail for stealing explosives

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22 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — A prosecutor asked a court on Tuesday to impose a 12-month sentence on a convert to Islam for stealing munitions and explosives.

22 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — A prosecutor asked a court on Tuesday to impose a 12-month sentence on a convert to Islam for stealing munitions and explosives.

The court in Rotterdam was asked to suspend six months of the sentence and order the man, identified only as 29-year-old R. H. of Oss, to complete 240 hours community service.

H. was arrested in September on the Oirschotse Heide military training ground near Wageningen. A search of his flat revealed a large amount of munitions, including 45 training grenades. A homemade bomb was found on the balcony. Experts said the device was potentially deadly.

The man admitted he had stolen the military equipment during training exercises at Oirschotse Heide. He also claimed he was in contact with members of the alleged terror group Hofstadgroep. This transpired to be untrue.

Further investigation established that H. had no intention of carrying out a terrorist attack, the prosecutor said. He described H. as unstable, and a person who could be easily influenced and become prey for anyone wishing to do harm

The court is to give its ruling on 6 December.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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