Dutch terrorism suspect renounces radicalism

AP News
Posted: Oct 16, 2010 5:58 AM
Dutch terrorism suspect renounces radicalism

A prominent Dutch terrorism suspect serving a 15-year sentence for wounding four police officers with a hand grenade says he has renounced Islamic radicalism.

In an open letter published by De Volkskrant Saturday, Jason Walters describes his former ideas as "morally bankrupt" and warns Muslim youth "not to be misled by false promises and ideas."

Walters, 25, was arrested days after the Nov. 2, 2004, murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

Dutch courts are still debating whether Walters and eight others formed the "Hofstad" terrorist group, whose alleged leader Mohammed Bouyeri is serving a life sentence for Van Gogh's murder.

Born to a Dutch mother and American father, Walters converted to Islam and radicalized, traveling to Pakistan for further training.