Terror suspects held in Amsterdam and UK
23 June 2005AMSTERDAM — A 22-year-old man has been arrested in Amsterdam as part of the investigation into a suspected Muslim terror group in the Netherlands.
23 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — A 22-year-old man has been arrested in Amsterdam as part of the investigation into a suspected Muslim terror group in the Netherlands.
The suspect was armed with a loaded machine pistol, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner told Parliament on Thursday.
Donner said the man of Moroccan ancestry has been of interest to the police since November 2004, the month filmmaker Theo van Gogh was assassinated in Amsterdam.
He is suspected of being a member of the Hofstadgroep, described by the police as a terrorist organisation.
The suspect was sitting in a car with two women aged 21 and 26. Both of them were also detained and are suspected of involvement in a terrorist organisation, the minister said.
Apart from the machine pistol — a mini machine gun — police also found two filled ammunition clips, a silencer and a box with 14 rounds of ammunition.
Donner said the arrest was a coordinated operation between the security service AIVD, the public prosecutor's office and the National Coordinator for combating terrorism.
The arrests in Amsterdam, Donner said, were connected to the detention of a 32-year-old Dutchman by police in London on Wednesday.
This older man was arrested at the request of the Dutch authorities. He is wanted for questioning in relation to the investigation into the Hofstadgroep.
Several young Muslim men are in custody in the Netherlands on charges of belonging to the suspected terror group and planning attacks in the Netherlands.
They were arrested last year after Van Gogh's murder in Amsterdam on 2 November.
Mohammed B. who has confessed to killing Van Gogh, is due to appear in court in Amsterdam on 12 and 13 July. Prosecutors claim B. was a key member of the Hofstadgroep and that his house was used for the group's meetings.
The London suspect can to police attention in the Netherlands as part of an inquiry into human smuggling.
While the Dutch authorities have declined to talk about the suspicions against him, Scotland Yard in London has revealed the man is suspected of recruiting people for terrorist activities. He is also suspected of involvement with firearms and falsification of documents.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news