Youth admits arson bid at mosque

24th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — An 18-year-old man who admitted attempting to burn down a mosque in Breda faces a jail term and a community service order.

24 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — An 18-year-old man who admitted attempting to burn down a mosque in Breda faces a jail term and a community service order.

The public prosecutor has asked a court to impose a 12-month jail term, nine months of which would be suspended, plus a 200-hour community work order on the young man. The court is free to accept the prosecutor's recommendation or decide its own sentence.

The defendant admitted that he set fire to building material next to the Rahman mosque on 7 November in reaction to the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh five days earlier. A 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan, Mohammed B., is on trial for the murder.

The fire was detected quickly and the damage was limited. But the prosecutor highlighted the polarising impact of the crime.

"How could you do something like this? Arson at a holy place at a time the society had been shaken to its foundation and then this," the prosecutor said.

The defendant has already met with the management of the mosque and apologised for the fire.

Earlier this month, a teen, 17, was given 90-days youth detention, 47 days of which was suspended, for his role in the arson attack.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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