Community service demanded for Dordrecht mosque vandalism, brawl

Lady Justice (Picture: Twitter/@danvelton). (Lady Justice (Picture: Twitter/@danvelton))

The Public Prosecutor demanded 200 hours of community service against two men and a woman suspected of attacking a mosque in Dordrecht in 2016. Should they fail to do their community service, they should go to jail for 100 hours, the Prosecutor demanded, RTL Nieuws reports.

A group of 15 people vandalized the mosque on June 23rd, 2016, after a Kursidh family in the Wielwijk neighborhood was threatened. The family hung a Kurdish flag outside their house for a short time after their daughter passed her final exams. They were threatened, and a stone was thrown through their window.

There was a gathering at the mosque that evening, to discuss what happened to the Dordrecht family. In the mosque, an argument turned violent and turned into the fight. Several items in the mosque were vandalized, was seen on video footage shown in court, according to the broadcaster.

Two people were injured in the brawl, the police said at the time. Two men, a 24-year-old from Amsterdam and a 25-year-old from Capelle aan den IJssel, were arrested in connection with this incident on July 6th, 2016. A 21-year-old woman from Zaandam was arrested two days later. A 31-year-old man from Rotterdam later turned himself in as a suspect after the police released his photo. 

All three suspects, who were present in court, deny that they were in the mosque that day. This despite the fact that one of them can be seen on the video footage, and his phone indicated that he was there at the time.