Man jailed for attempted arson at mosque

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9 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — A 25-year-old Dutchman was sentenced on Tuesday to two years for attempted arson at a mosque shortly after the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. Six months of the term was suspended.

9 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — A 25-year-old Dutchman was sentenced on Tuesday to two years for attempted arson at a mosque shortly after the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. Six months of the term was suspended.

Leeuwarden Court said the extreme right-wing sympathies of suspect Roland M. had played a role in the arson attempt in the nearby city of Heerenveen.

M, of Joure, had called the 112 emergency number to report the fire and the  emergency services extinguished the flames at the mosque before large-scale damages were inflicted.

Nevertheless, the trial judges said, the crime had caused "considerable emotional damage to the Muslim community", news agency AFP reported.

The defence lawyer said an 18-month jail term for attempted arson was a tough sentence, but was not sure if an appeal would be lodged.

Van Gogh was shot and stabbed in Amsterdam last November. The suspected killer is an alleged Islamic militant who is accused of killing Van Gogh for his criticism of Muslims.

The murder sparked a series of retaliatory attacks against mosques and Islamic schools in the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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