Work order for anti-Islamic arsonists
1 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Den Bosch Court sentenced on Wednesday five teenage boys to community work orders and suspended jail terms for arson attacks at an Islamic school and mosque in Uden last year.
1 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — Den Bosch Court sentenced on Wednesday five teenage boys to community work orders and suspended jail terms for arson attacks at an Islamic school and mosque in Uden last year.
The Bedir primary school was completely destroyed when it was torched on 9 November last year, while the arson attack at the mosque three days earlier failed to set fire to the building.
A makeshift fire bomb was used in both attacks and police arrested several VMBO pre-vocational high school students on 20 November.
The two oldest suspects, 16 and 17, were convicted of the attempted arson attack at the mosque. Three suspects — aged 14, 15 and 16 — set fire to the school. The attack at the school was condemned nation-wide.
Both crimes were part of a series of retaliatory attacks against Islamic targets in the days after the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a suspected Islamic militant on 2 November 2004.
Den Bosch Court said on Wednesday the defendants contributed to a feeling of unrest in Dutch society, especially among the Islamic community.
The boys spent several weeks in jail on remand detention and the public prosecutor (OM) said it was not necessary to place them behind bars again.
The OM demanded a 240-day jail term, 202 of which would be suspended. The difference equals the amount of time the Uden youths spent on remand detention.
The court also imposed a 180-hour work order on four suspects and a 160-hour work order on a fifth suspect.
All of the youths had previously been sentenced by the court to a 40-hour education sentence (a course in social skills). They have also been ordered to remain under the supervision of rehabilitation officers.
After apologising for their crimes in court two weeks ago, the boys were not in court on Wednesday to hear the ruling.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news