Massive terrorism trial brings ten suspects to Amsterdam court

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One of the largest terrorism trials ever in the Netherlands starts in the court in Amsterdam on Monday. A total of 10 suspects are facing charges of, among other things, participation in a terrorist organization, recruitment and conspiracy to commit terrorist offenses.

A total of 21 trail days have been set aside for this case and the Hague court especially moved to the high-security court, the so-called Bunker, to handle it.

The case came to light after immediate family members of young people who have been recruited to join the terrorist organization reported it to the police, Wouter Bos of the Public Prosecutor told RTL Nieuws. "These people are brave, because they reported it despite of the shame.", he said. "They often saw their children being radicalized from ordinary young people in a short period of time and sometimes also saw them leave for Syria or Iraq." He could not give exact figures on how many young people left for the war zone as a result of this case.

According to Bos, it is very important to act against situations like this one. "You do not want people from the Dutch society traveling abroad to commit offenses. Moreover, you do not want them returning hardened, traumatized or trained to be a danger to Dutch society."

Here follows an overview of the ten suspects standing trial from Monday, according to RTL Nieuws:

The 33 year old ., best known as Abou Moussa, from The Hague. C. is suspected of recruiting for the armed terrorist struggle, sedition to terrorist  offenses, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aims. C. is one of the best known faces of radical Muslims in the Netherlands and was one of the driving forces behind the pro-Gaza rallies and pro-ISIS protests in Schilderswijk, The Hague. He was arrested in Germany on August 28th last year.

The 19 year old ., also known as Abou Yazeed, from The Hague. He is suspected of recruiting for the armed terrorist struggle, sedition to terrorist offenses, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aims. Oussama C. worked as a young Koranic teacher and recruited five foreign rebel fighters for the Syrian civil war. He has been in custody since June 24th last year on suspicion of recruiting for and participation in a terrorist organization.

The 25 year old Rudolph H., also known as Abu Suhayb and Abu Saied, from The Hague. He is suspected of sedition to terrorist offenses, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aims. Like Azzedine C., H. was heavily involved in the pro-Gaza demonstrations and pro-ISIS protests in Schilderswijk. He also wrote for the "jihad site" De Ware Religie, translated to The True Religion in English. He has been in custody since August 27th last year.

Jordi de J., also known as Abu Mousa Al Gharib and Jihad Jordi, from the Hague. The 22 year old man is suspected of participation in a training camp, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aim. He was arrested and then conditionally released in October. It is believed that De J. converted to Islam after falling in love with a Muslim woman. In 2013 he and a group of other young people from Delft left for Syria to receive terrorist training. He returned to the Netherlands three months later.

The 41 year old Moussa L. from the Hague is suspected of sedition to terrorist offenses, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aims. He twice insulted and once threatened officers.

Hicham el O. from the Hague is suspected of collusion, promoting and preparing for terrorist crimes, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aims.

The 26 year old Iman B. from Arnhem - she lived in The Hague before her arrest. She is suspected of  sedition to terrorist offenses, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aims. She is married to prime suspect Azzedine C.

Soufiane Z., also known as Abu Mohammed. His current whereabouts are unknown, but he is believed to be in the conflict area. He is suspected of collusion, promoting and preparing for terrorist crimes, sedition to terrorist offenses, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aims. It is believed that Z. was in January. Z. was very active on Twitter and is known for the video "Oh oh Aleppo". He was born in Roermond and later moved ti Schilderswijk.

Anis Z., Soufiane Z.'s younger brother. He is believed to be in the conflict area. Anis z. is suspected of collusion, promoting and preparing terrorist crimes, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aims.

The 26 year old Hatim R., who is noted as being in The Hague, but believed to be in the conflict area. R. is suspected of collusion, promoting and preparing for terrorist offenses, sedition to terrorist offenses, involvement in a criminal organization and participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aims.

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