Terror suspect facesDutch court in February
21 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — An 18-year-old man, who is accused of planning terror attacks on the Dutch Parliament and Schiphol Airport, will face trial on 24 February next year.
21 December 2004
AMSTERDAM — An 18-year-old man, who is accused of planning terror attacks on the Dutch Parliament and Schiphol Airport, will face trial on 24 February next year.
A pre-trial hearing was held on Tuesday in Rotterdam Court and the court penciled in two days for Samir A.'s trial, starting on 24 February.
The public prosecutor accuses A. of planning attacks on the parliament in The Hague, Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the nuclear reactor Borssele, the Defence Ministry, and the Leidschendam offices of the Dutch security service AIVD.
He was arrested in June on suspicion of involvement in a supermarket robbery. A search of his house allegedly uncovered blueprints of the buildings. The documents also allegedly had notes regarding security and the possible necessity of a car.
The Dutch government issued a terror alert on 9 July as a result of A.'s arrest. Security was tightened at key Dutch installations and the alert has not yet been rescinded.
In October 2003, the Moroccan-Dutch national was arrested along with three others on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack. All four were later released due to lack of evidence.
A. is allegedly part of the Hofstadgroep (Main City Group), many of whose suspected members have been arrested on allegations they were planning terrorist attacks in the Netherlands.
Among the suspects are the two men detained in The Hague after a 14-hour stand-off with police on 10 November, and five other suspects arrested the same day in Amsterdam and Amersfoort.
The prosecutor also suspects the six alleged accomplices of the suspected killer of Theo van Gogh, Mohammed B., 26, were also members of the Main City Group.
A. is believed to have known B., but the prosecutor said on Tuesday there is no evidence A. was involved in Van Gogh's killing.
Van Gogh was shot and stabbed on an Amsterdam street on 2 November and a note left plunged into his chest with a knife warned that MPs Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders were next. The two suspects arrested in The Hague were allegedly planning to carry out these murders.
The police investigation into the Main City Group continues.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news