Dutch to free suspected jihadists

4th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

No evidence has been found to support allegations the four men were joining a jihadist training camp in Somalia.

The Hague – Dutch authorities said Friday they would free a Moroccan and three Dutchmen arrested five weeks ago on suspicion of trying to join a jihadist training camp in Somalia, over a lack of evidence.

"The four terror suspects arrested in Kenya in July ... will be freed today," the national prosecuting authority said in a statement.

"Investigations by the police have found no evidence for the allegations against them."

The four, all aged 21, were detained in Kenya in July and arrested on a Dutch warrant at Brussels Airport in Belgium after being expelled from the African nation.

The group, three Dutchmen and a Moroccan with Dutch residence papers, were then extradited to the Netherlands.

Dutch media reported that the group was suspected of having aided Somalia's Shebab Islamic militant group. At least one of the men was believed to be of Somali origin.

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

AFP / Expatica

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