Man accused of recruiting for terrorism in jail
31 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — A prosecutor demanded a three-year term on Tuesday for man who allegedly tried to obtain weapons while in jail for threatening an MP.
31 January 2006
AMSTERDAM — A prosecutor demanded a three-year term on Tuesday for man who allegedly tried to obtain weapons while in jail for threatening an MP.
Bilal L. is accused of approaching fellow prisoners in a bid to obtain weapons and explosives. He is further accused of trying to recruit fellow prisoners to carry out attacks on the "enemies of Islam".
L. was in jail after pleading guilty in February 2005 to threatening MP Geert Wilders over the internet. A court sentenced him to 10 months, the last six of which were suspended, for that offence.
Wilders, a conservative and a critic of aspects of Islam, went into hiding for many months, as did Liberal Party MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Both received numerous death threats after filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist.
Earlier this month it was reported a surprise witness in the trial of members of the alleged terrorist Hofstadgroep would implicate L. in the murder which was carried out by his friend, Mohammed B.
When the witness was called, he claimed the police had pressurised him into making a false statement against L.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news