Court frees Schiphol arson suspect

8th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Appeals Court ordered on Wednesday ordered the release of the Libyan man accused of arson at the Schiphol detention centre.

8 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Appeals Court ordered on Wednesday ordered the release of the Libyan man accused of arson at the Schiphol detention centre.

The man has been held on remand since November last year following the Schiphol detention centre blaze.

But the Amsterdam appeals court ordered the 24-year-old man's immediate release from jail on Wednesday.

The defendant's lawyer had appealed against a refusal by Haarlem Court to free the man, identified only as Achmed Al-J.
 
The Schiphol detention centre blaze in October 2005 cost the lives of 11 detainees.

The fire started in the Libyan's prison cell, but it remains unclear whether he intentionally caused the blaze.

The man denies any allegations of arson.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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