Amsterdam mosque leaders linked to terrorism: Report
Two leaders of the Arrayan mosque in Amsterdam Noord are being watched by the Dutch authorities because they are suspected of radicalization and jihadism, the Telegraaf reports based on "secret documents".
According to the newspaper, there is a wiretap on chairman Aziz Oilkadi's phone. He is suspected of having contact with "many radical figures". The other leader is suspected of being part of the so-called Hofstad terrorist group. The group is centered around Mohammed B. the extremist who killed Theo van Gogh n 2004.
Oilkadi denies the accusations to the newspaper and insists that he is not radicalized. "I graduated from the Vrije Universiteit and have been a dutiful Muslim since my 18th birthday. Do I know jihadists? We know so many people, that means nothing." He added that the other board member is also back on the right path.
The chairman stressed that the Arrayan mosque always has good contact with the police.