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Dutch trial of suspected terrorists tests new anti-terror law

[JURIST] [JURIST Europe] The trial of fourteen men alleged to belong to a terrorist group operating in Amsterdam begins Monday and is the first test of new Dutch anti-terror legislation [JURIST report] allowing for the prosecution of individuals for "membership [in] a criminal organisation with terrorist intent". The fourteen have been charged for their involvement in the terrorist cell group that contained the recently convicted killer [JURIST report] of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Police allege that the men met regularly to plan the introduction of an Islamic state and the destabilization of the current government. Police arrested the men in October when new information revealed they were planning further attacks on government buildings and public officials. Reuters has more.

D. Wes Rist is Bureau Chief for JURIST Europe, reporting European legal news from a European perspective. He is based in the UK.

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