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Dutch man gets four years for plotting terror attack

November 2, 2017 rbksa 0
Agence France Presse
Thu, 2017-11-02 22:40

THE HAGUE: A Dutchman was sentenced to four years in jail Thursday for preparing a terror attack, following his arrest last year when police discovered an assault rifle and a large amount of fireworks.
Judges at the Rotterdam District Court “concluded that the suspect was planning to commit an attack… which would involve a large number of victims.”
“The court also deduced from a conversation with two unknown persons that the suspect was searching for a target for the attack,” it added in a statement.
The 31-year-old man, identified by Dutch media only as Jaouad A. was arrested in December last year after police raided his home in the western port city of Rotterdam.
The raid was launched after “alarming” information by the Dutch intelligence services.
Police found an AK-47 assault rifle, two clips of ammunition as well as a painting with a picture of the flag used by the Daesh group and some 1,600 euros ($1,800) in cash.
Four boxes with 288 “deadly Cobra 6 fireworks” — large firecrackers which cause explosions and large smoke clouds were found in a child’s room, Dutch public prosecutors said last month.
The suspect’s computer and an external hard drive contained “IS videos and magazines with very violent material such as mutilations, beheadings and other atrocities” while his phone contained hundreds of pictures and videos about the Daesh group.
Police also found online instructions how to make pipe bombs and suicide vests.
Another document advised “how to kill unbelievers in your own country if a trip to the battlefield is impossible.”
“It has been proven that the man is guilty of actively searching, possessing and distributing extremist propaganda about the armed jihad,” the court said.
Jaouad “contributed to international terrorism aiming to create fear among the Dutch population,” the judges said.
Prosecutors last month asked for an eight-year sentence and the accused denied planning an attack, saying he was conducting “an investigation.”
Rotterdam is Europe’s busiest port, and one of The Netherlands’ most multi-cultural cities, home to many who have emigrated from abroad.
The Netherlands has so far been spared while terror attacks have affected all its closest European neighbors in recent years.

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Supreme Court adjourns hearings of former Catalan lawmakers

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Thu, 2017-11-02 13:22

MADRID: Spain’s Supreme Court said Thursday it had adjourned until November 9 the hearings of former members of Catalonia’s dissolved parliament including speaker Carme Forcadell at the request of their lawyers.
Accused by prosecutors of sedition and rebellion over the region’s independence drive, which carry sentences of up to 15 and 30 years in jail respectively, the six had been summoned to court for questioning by a judge.
It was as yet unknown why their hearings were adjourned by the court, which deals with cases involving lawmakers.
Nearby in the Spanish capital’s National Court, which hears major criminal cases, eight former Catalan government members were being questioned after also being summoned in the investigation into the secession drive.
Conspicuously absent though was the region’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers, who traveled to Belgium after the central government imposed direct rule on Catalonia on Friday as the regional parliament declared independence.
They decided to stay put in Belgium, slamming in a statement a “political trial dictated by the Spanish government.”

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Trump says New York attacker should be put to death

November 2, 2017 rbksa 0
Thu, 2017-11-02 07:32

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump called Wednesday for the man charged with carrying out a New York City truck rampage that killed eight people to be put to death.
“NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to the Daesh jihadist group.
The president had earlier said he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, the US military detention center in Cuba that has been used to indefinitely hold suspected foreign jihadists, a practice that has drawn repeated criticism from rights groups.
Investigators said Wednesday that the man who mowed down cyclists and pedestrians in New York the day before had confessed to acting in the name of IS and said that he “felt good” about the killings.
Prosecutors have filed charges against Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, who they said began planning the attack a year ago.
The complaint against Saipov listed two counts: provision of material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.
It was not immediately clear if he would face further charges.

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