Dutch court sentences Iranian refugee for terrorism
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A Dutch court on Wednesday convicted an Iranian refugee for planning and funding terrorist attacks in his homeland targeting the Iranian government and its supporters. The 42-year-old was sentenced to four years in prison.
The man, whose identity was not disclosed under Dutch privacy rules, was linked to the Arab Struggle for the Liberation of Ahwaz Movement, a separatist group in the oil-rich region of Ahwaz, in the southern Iran.
The man is from Ahwaz, but he was tried by the Rotterdam district court because he has lived in the Netherlands since he was granted refugee status.
The court said in a statement that the accused was in contact with separatists who planned and carried out attacks in Iran, including torching banks, but also targeting people linked to the Iranian government. He discussed possible targets, offered financial support and urged separatists to videotape the attacks, according to the written judgment.
By his actions, “the suspect played an important role in a criminal and terrorist organization whose aim was to support attacks in Iran,” the court said.
Prosecutors requested a six-year prison sentence, but judges said they imposed a lower sentence due to the man’s personal history, which he said included being jailed and tortured in Iran.