Dutch police free terror suspect

22nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

The Netherlands on Wednesday freed a Somali-born British man arrested on terrorism suspicions at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport at the weekend, the prosecution service said.

"The man was freed on Wednesday morning and has since departed from the Netherlands," it said in a statement, adding the investigation "did not yield any additional incriminatory material".

The man was arrested at Schiphol on Sunday just as his flight for Uganda was to take off. He had arrived on a flight from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, northeastern England, where authorities tipped off the Dutch police.

"According to information, the man had serious plans to take part in the terrorist struggle in Somalia and was willing to give his life for this purpose," said Wednesday's statement.

The information had been received "from the man's direct environment".

Dutch and British authorities questioned the man as well as other witnesses and carried out searches, including of the suspect's luggage, the statement said.

"The investigation failed to confirm the information received on Sunday, September 19."

On August 30, two Yemenis were arrested on suspicion of a terrorist plot upon their arrival at Amsterdam from Chicago after US authorities found "suspicious items" in their baggage, including mobile phones taped together.

The pair were freed on September 1.

Yemen's ambassador to The Hague, Nageeb Ahmed Obeid, has said the items were gifts and the United States should apologise for the wrongful arrest of the two men.

© 2010 AFP

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