Schiphol fire suspect must be freed

8th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The 24-year-old Libyan accused of arson at the Schiphol Airport detention centre should be immediately freed from an immigration detention cell, the Council of State ruled on Friday.

8 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — The 24-year-old Libyan accused of arson at the Schiphol Airport detention centre should be immediately freed from an immigration detention cell, the Council of State ruled on Friday.

The Amsterdam Appeals Court had recently suspended the illegal immigrant's remand detention for the Schiphol fire, in which 11 people were killed in October 2005. He had served almost a year on remand on charges of arson at the detention centre.

But the suspect, Al-J., was not released from prison because he was arrested again by immigration authorities on charges he was staying in the country illegally.

He was then detained at the detention centre at Rotterdam Airport, but lodged an appeal. The immigration chamber of Utrecht Court ruled in November that he should be freed.

But the immigration service IND lodged an appeal the same day with the Council of State, a case that Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has now lost.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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