Dutch Terrorists Convicted
Nine of the Islamic terrorists in the infamous “Hofstad group,” who plotted to murder filmmaker Theo Van Gogh and others, have been convicted in the Netherlands. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
A court has convicted nine Muslims of belonging to a terrorist group and planning to attack Dutch politicians.
Two men in the so-called Hofstad group were jailed for 15 and 13 years for using a hand grenade against police. The court did not pass a jail term on the group’s leader, Mohammed Bouyeri, as he is already serving life in prison for murdering film-maker Theo van Gogh. …
Prosecutors had called for members of the Hofstad group to be jailed for up to 20 years, accusing them of inciting hatred of non-Muslims. Five suspects in the trial were acquitted by the court, which ruled there was not enough evidence to show they were involved in planning terrorism.
Jason Walters, the son of a US citizen, received the heaviest sentence of 15 years, while Ismael Aknikh was given a 13-year jail term. Both men were alleged to have worked together during a confrontation with police in November 2004, in which a hand grenade was thrown, injuring five officers.