Dutch terror law comes into force

10th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A new Dutch terrorism law came into force on Tuesday, allowing for tougher sentencing of terrorists who commit criminal acts compared with sentences imposed on ordinary criminals for similar offences.

10 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — A new Dutch terrorism law came into force on Tuesday, allowing for tougher sentencing of terrorists who commit criminal acts compared with sentences imposed on ordinary criminals for similar offences.

In addition, recruiting volunteers for Jihad and conspiracy to commit terrorist acts are now prosecutable offences. The Netherlands is following European guidelines regarding its sentencing laws.

The maximum jail term for crimes such as homicide or manslaughter, serious assault, hijacking or kidnapping will be higher if the crimes are committed with a terrorist objective. In most cases, the sentences will be go up by half.

If a crime such as manslaughter — which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years — is committed, the penalty will be increased to 20 years or life.

The crime of recruiting for Jihad, or a holy war, will rise from one year to four years jail. Recruiting can also be prosecuted even if it not clear whether those recruited actually becomes involved in violence.

Conspiracy to engage in terrorism has also become prosecutable, making it easier to take action against terrorist networks and movements.

International co-operation in the fight against terrorism — including reciprocal legal assistance — will be improved, the government website regering.nl said.

To be convicted of conspiracy, prosecutors must prove that two or more people — including the suspect — have agreed to commit a serious terrorist act.

Such an agreement can be traced back to the statements given by those who made the agreement, but can also be based on witness statements and tapped telephone conversations.

It is not necessary for a terrorist act to have been committed for a suspect to be convicted of conspiracy.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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