Terror Suspect Was ‘Out On Bail’
The alleged ringleader of a Dutch terror cell accused of plotting a major attack was out on probation when he was arrested on Thursday, it has been revealed.
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Hardi N., 34, who was born in Iraq but lived in Arnhem, was jailed for 16 months in 2016 for trying to join Al Qaeda in Syria, but was released after less than a year after claiming to have renounced his extremist views. He and six other men were arrested.
As part of his probation, he had agreed to seek religious counselling once a week.
Two of the other terror suspects also had previous convictions, including 21-year-old Waïl el-A. who had also attempted to travel to Syria, Dutch media reported.
Far-Right politician Geert Wilders, who has previously denounced the treatment of Hardi N as too soft, attacked the Dutch government for its soft-touch approach following his arrest.
‘Seven terrorists arrested. Three already condemned, including the Iraqi Hardi N. He was previously given a ankle band while awaiting sentence, and lied that he was “faithful, not radical.” Wake up the Netherlands!’ he tweeted.
Hardi N was first arrested in 2014 after WahtsApp messages were uncovered in which he discussed traveling to Syria to join Jabhat al-Nusra, Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, with a friend who had already been.
The great irony of this is that a Dutch warship is right now sailing with other Nato navy forces off the coast of Syria in the Western elite effort to stop Syria and Russia destroying the last Al Qaeda strongholds in Idlib province.
Maybe the Dutch government is just as stupid as the British government, which is all set to release hate preacher Anjem Choudary next month!