October 23, 2013
Nos television reports that a Dutch man has been jailed for planning to travel to Syria to take part in armed resistance against President Assad. The court ruled that making preparations to travel to Syria, including buying a plane ticket and collecting funds, can be seen as preparation for murder and is punishable by law. The ruling is significant for the public prosecution department of the Netherlands because until now there has been no jurisprudence on the issue, and this ruling will have implications for other planning to travel to Syria for similar purposes. In addition to jailing one man for a year on these grounds, a second man has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for the same intention.