Prosecution dropped in Nijmegen terror case
22 November 2004AMSTERDAM — The criminal case against a Syrian man who had been accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the Four Days of Nijmegen walk has been abandoned.
22 November 2004
AMSTERDAM — The criminal case against a Syrian man who had been accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the Four Days of Nijmegen walk has been abandoned.
The public prosecutor (OM) admitted on Monday it had insufficient evidence to implicate the man.
Police launched an investigation following information that terrorists were plotting an attack at the famous walking race that attracts soldiers and civilians from all over the world.
It was alleged a 33-year-old man from Libya had been approached and asked to throw a hand grenade at US soldiers participating in the walk.
A Syrian man, 37, and the Libyan were arrested. The Libyan man was deported from the Netherlands as he was living here illegally.
A court freed the Syrian in July but the OM opposed the move, news service Nu.nl said. But despite a largescale investigation involving phone taps, detectivews were unable to establish the Syrian was involved in any attempt to attack the walk.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news