Dutch place alleged jihadists in detention

8th August 2009, Comments 1 comment

A court in Rotterdam ordered the detention of a Moroccan and three Dutch citizens accused of trying to join Islamist rebels in Somalia

The Hague - A court in Rotterdam on Friday ordered the detention of a Moroccan and three Dutch citizens accused of trying to join Islamist rebels in Somalia, a court official said.

All four would be kept in custody for 14 days, lawyer Vincent de Winkel told AFP.

"They will appear at a later date before a court, which will decide on whether or not to extend their arrest warrant for a period that could run from 30 to 90 days," he added.

Kenyan police arrested the four men -- three Dutchmen and a Moroccan with Dutch residency papers -- on 24 July. On 30 July they were put on a plane to Brussels, where Belgian police arrested them.

At the request of the Dutch authorities, Belgium extradited them to the Netherlands on Wednesday.

The four men, each aged 21, are accused of having been on the way to join a Jihadist training camp in Somalia when Kenyan police intercepted them near the Kenya-Somalia border, according to the court.

Dutch media have reported the four were suspected of having aided Somalia's Shebab Islamist militant group.

The Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab in Somalia have admitted to receiving backing from foreign fighters in their bid to topple Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

AFP / Expatica

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