Judge convicts 2 Rotterdam rioters and sentences them to jail

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A judge on Wednesday found a man and woman guilty of involvement in riots in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam last week and sentenced them both to prison terms, have announced prosecutors.

A protest against government restrictions on coronaviruses escalated into violence on Friday night, with police at one point firing at rampant rioters who started fires and threw stones and fireworks at officers.

Five people were shot dead during the riots and an investigation is underway to establish whether they were shot dead by police.

A 26-year-old woman accused of throwing stones at police cars during the unrest was sentenced to five months in prison by a Rotterdam police judge, including two months suspended, and ordered to pay 1,000 euros ( $ 1,120) for the damage it caused, the Rotterdam prosecutor’s office said in a tweet.

Dutch broadcaster NOS reported that the woman said she was sorry for her involvement. “If I could go back, I definitely would,” she told NOS.

A 29-year-old man was also sentenced to five months in prison, two of which were suspended for his involvement in the riots. The conditional sentence should only be served if the man and woman commit another offense.

The two, who live in towns near Rotterdam, were banned from most parts of the city for a year.

Police have so far arrested 49 people suspected of being involved in the riot.

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