Convicted French terrorist turns himself in
24 June 2004, AMSTERDAM — The French convert to Islam who was convicted by a Dutch court on Monday of belonging to a Muslim terrorist gang which planned to bomb the US embassy in Paris has surrendered to police.
24 June 2004
AMSTERDAM — The French convert to Islam who was convicted by a Dutch court on Monday of belonging to a Muslim terrorist gang which planned to bomb the US embassy in Paris has surrendered to police.
Jerome Courtailler, 29, had been among a group of suspects who were tried and acquitted by a court in Rotterdam in December 2002, when it ruled it could not accept evidence gathered by the Dutch security service AIVD.
Courtailler and a co-defendant, Algerian Abdelghani Rabia, 32, were deported after the acquittal was handed down.
The prosecution appealed the verdicts and an Appeals Court in The Hague quashed the trial court's decision and convicted the pair of belonging to an "international criminal organisation" which aimed to attack US targets in France and Belgium, French news agency AFP reported.
The attack on the US embassy in Paris and a military base in Belgium were never carried out.
Courtailler and Rabia were jailed for six and four years respectively. The judges ordered they be arrested and detained to serve their sentences. The two were not convicted of planning the attack or taking part in the preparations, but they were found to be involved with the Islamic terror group.
"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 referring to Courtailler.
Rabia is currently thought to be in Algeria, AFP said.
The Appeals Court convicted four men, including Courtailler and Rabia, on Monday in relation to involvement with the Muslim terror group.
Two of the defendants — including Courtailler — are to take an appeal to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling allowing evidence from the AIVD to be used in court.
[Copyright Expatica 2004]
Subject: Dutch news