OM demands 5 years for arson suspect

30th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2007, HAARLEM – The public prosecution department (OM) demanded on Tuesday that Ahmed Al-J., the man suspected of setting the fire in the Schiphol-Oost cell complex, be sentenced to five years in prison.

30 May 2007

HAARLEM – The public prosecution department (OM) demanded on Tuesday that Ahmed Al-J., the man suspected of setting the fire in the Schiphol-Oost cell complex, be sentenced to five years in prison.

The authorities claim he set the fire by carelessly discarding a cigarette butt in his cell. Eleven people were killed in the fire in the early hours of 27 October 2005.

The OM has accused Al-J. of deliberate arson with fatal consequences and considers it proven that the Libyan had "conditional intent" to set the fire.

Public prosecutor Veneberg says that Al-J. is culpable because he did not make sure that his cigarette was completely extinguished before going to sleep. She says that he could have foreseen that his actions could have led to a fire. The prosecution is not demanding a higher sentence because Al-J. did not actively want to set a fire or kill the victims.

The demand does take into consideration that the consequences of the fire were aggravated by factors beyond the Libyan's control.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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