Dutch Supreme Court reduces terrorist's sentence

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Posted: Nov 15, 2011 8:21 AM
Dutch Supreme Court reduces terrorist's sentence

The Netherlands' Supreme Court Tuesday slightly reduced the sentence of an Islamic radical convicted of recruiting and indoctrinating young Muslims for his group that plotted terrorist attacks.

The court found that Nouriddin el Fahtni's eight-year sentence was longer than allowed by law and reduced it to seven years and four months.

El Fahtni's group is linked with the so-called "Hofstad" group that includes figures such as Mohammed Bouyeri, who is serving a life sentence for the 2004 murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

El Fahtni had a loaded machine gun when he was arrested in June 2005.

Separately, the court sent the case of El Fahtni's ex-wife Soumaya Sahla back to the appeals court. The high court ruled Tuesday that Sahla's lawyers should have been allowed more access to records of phone calls she made on a line tapped by the secret service.

One call played a key role in her conviction and four-year sentence: she tried to get her sister, who worked at a pharmacy, to give her the home addresses of Dutch politicians. Allegedly she intended to supply the addresses to other group members who planned attacks.

El-Fahtni has also used the name Nouradine al Fatmi and other variations of the names.

(This version CORRECTS spelling of name.)