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Dutch court sentences Pak man to 10 years in jail for plotting MP's murder

The court found the man, identified as 27-year-old Junaid I., guilty of plotting the murder of Wilders, who announced a Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition.  

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Amsterdam Published on: November 19, 2019 19:55 IST
Dutch court sentences Pak man to 10 years in jail for plotting MP's murder

Dutch court sentences Pak man to 10 years in jail for plotting MP's murder. Representational Image

A Dutch court sentenced a Pakistani man to 10 years imprisonment on Monday for plotting the assassination of Dutch MP Geert Wilders. The court found the man, identified as 27-year-old Junaid I., guilty of plotting the murder of Wilders, who announced a Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition.

Junaid, who had travelled from France to Holland, was arrested in August 2018 at a train station in The Hague after he posted a film on Facebook, wherein he claimed he wanted to "send Wilders to hell" and urged others to help.

Judges at The Hague's district court found the man guilty of "planning a murder with a terrorist motive" and incitement to commit a terror attack.

However, during the trial Junaid called himself a "peace-loving" man, who had only travelled to Holland to protest against Wilders' cartoon competition.

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