Mayor Cohen receives mistaken terror suspects

28th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Amsterdam's Mayor Job Cohen has received six of the seven people arrested two weeks ago in connection with a terrorist threat in the south-east of the capital.

AMSTERDAM - All of them were released the next day, when it emerged they were not related to the scare. All seven are Dutch nationals of Moroccan descent.

In some cases, police used violence during their arrest. Mayor Cohen expressed sympathy but offered no apology. He had previously ruled out doing so saying the authorities had made no mistakes in detaining them.

The gathering at the mayor's residence was also attended by Amsterdam's Chief Police Commissioner Bernard Welten and the chief Public Prosecutor, Herman Bolhaar.

On 12 March police received an anonymous telephone call warning of a terrorist threat. The tip-off prompted police to clear a large area in south-eastern Amsterdam, including the IKEA home furnishings store.

The Heineken Music Hall was also closed, forcing the cancellation of a concert. All venues reopened on Friday.

The police said they judged the threat credible because of little-known details, given by the woman who called the police, about the 2004 Madrid train bombings which killed 191 people and because of the date, exactly five years after those attacks.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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