Dutch expel Algerian over terror fears

17th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 November 2004, AMSTERDAM — An Algerian man has been expelled from the Netherlands because he was believed to be a "threat to public safety", the government confirmed on Wednesday.

17 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — An Algerian man has been expelled from the Netherlands because he was believed to be a "threat to public safety", the government confirmed on Wednesday.

Abdelhamid Bouchema, 38, was sent to Spain where he has a residence permit.

Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk took the decision to expel him last week. She acted on a report from the security service AIVD which claimed he had taken part in meetings to recruit people for a Jihad, or holy war.

Bouchema and 11 other people were arrested back in 2002 on suspicion of trying to recruit young Muslims to take part in terrorist acts.

A Rotterdam Court ordered their release last year after dismissing the prosecution's case as insufficient.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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