Emerson Vermaat's new book: Jihad in the Netherlands- the Hofstadgroep trial
October 4, 2006
Jihad in the Netherlands. The Hofstad Trial
Aspekt, Soesterberg (The Netherlands), 2006.
A detailed account of the so-called Hofstad Trial in Amsterdam
(5 December 2005-10 March 2006).
The ‘Hofstadgroep' (Hofstad Group) is a Dutch terrorist network espousing an extremist (‘Jihadist' and ‘Takfiri') interpretation of Islam.
Most of its members are young first or second generation Moroccan immigrants. They frequently met in group leader Mohammed Bouyeri's house in Amsterdam-West. After Bouyeri killed Dutch filmmaker and columnist Theo van Gogh on November 2, 2004, the following members of the group were arrested and subsequently tried: Nadir Adarraf (acquitted), Ismail Akhnikh, Zine Labidine Aouraghe, Mohammed Fahmi Boughaba, Rachid Bousana (acquitted), Mohammed El Bousklaoui (acquitted), Mohammed Bouyeri, Youssef Ettoumi, Nouriddin El Fatmi, Ahmed Hamdi, Mohammed El Morabit, Zakaria Taybi (acquitted) and Jason Theodore James Walters. During the trial some lawyers referred to the Hofstadgroep as just a group of friends, but the court followed the public prosecutor in describing the group as ‘a criminal and terrorist organization' (Article 140 and 140a Dutch penal code). For security reasons the trial was held in Amsterdam, but it was the Rotterdam court. Bouyeri was on trial because of his role in the Hofstagroep, in a previous trial he had already been sentenced to life for killing Theo Gogh.
Author's website: emersonvermaat.com