Condemned Jihadist Escapes the Netherlands
Minister of Justice, Ivo Opstelten (Liberal) has informed parliament that all information required about jihadist Omar H. was known to all relevant services, including the prosecution, when he fled the country. In 2013, H. was condemned to a year-long sentence, of which eight months was a prison term and of which four months was probation.
The prosecution appealed to the higher court while H. was freed after having served his prison term. The appeals court increased the sentence to include a longer prison term, which meant that H. had to return to jail. The prosecution prided itself in the speed in which it obtained the court’s decision related to terrorism. In the meantime, H. left the country.