Moroccans want national curfew on children

Moroccan-Dutch have expressed desire to impose a national curfew for all children under the age of 9, in addition to a homework duty for young vandals and their parents. SMN (Association of Moroccans in the Netherlands) manager Farid Azarkan said that parents who let their children roam the streets after 8pm ought to be fined, to prevent delinquent behavior. The comments come after a report released by Statistics Netherlands said that many Moroccan-Dutch youth begin criminal behavior most often in youth. Azarkan added: “We must be creative and come with effective punishments. The way it is now, it doesn’t work. Also these young children are drawn into street groups and so somewhat later in life get involved in crime.”

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High court orders release of radical preacher Qatada

The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, last night expressed her “extreme disappointment” at the decision yesterday by three high court judges to order the release of the radical preacher Abu Qatada, who has been described as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe. Qatada, who was still in Long Lartin maximum security prison in Worcestershire last night, is expected to be released next week, when bail conditions are expected to be agreed. It has already been agreed that at the minimum he will be placed under virtual house arrest and face a 22-hour curfew. Last month Qatada, a Jordanian, won his appeal against the government’s attempt to deport him on the grounds that he was likely to face a trial based on evidence obtained under torture by the Jordanian intelligence services. Alan Travis report.

Crown Frees Four in Islamic Terrorism Case

The Crown has dropped charges against four adult suspects in the 2006 Toronto terrorism case. All four men signed peace bonds with curfew and passport conditions; indictments against them were then stayed. Three of the suspects admitted to attending an alleged terrorist training camp which ran from December 18 – 31, 2005. All disagreed with the Crown assessment that it was a jihadist exercise. The Crown had recently made public a videotaped speech from the camp where a ringleader urged members to band together and fight for Islam. Defense lawyers argued the exercise was amateurish and that many arrived to the camp unaware of its true purpose.