French terror suspect to appear before Dutch judge

Dutch police conduct a raid in Rotterdam-West, on March 27, where they arrested a 32-year-old Frenchman suspected of receiving orders from ISIS.
Dutch police conduct a raid in Rotterdam-West, on March 27, where they arrested a 32-year-old Frenchman suspected of receiving orders from ISIS. PHOTO: EPA

THE HAGUE (AFP) - A French terror suspect arrested in a major weekend police operation in Rotterdam was to appear before a Dutch judge later Tuesday (March 29), Dutch prosecutors said.

The man, 32, identified only as Anis B., was arrested on Sunday suspected of receiving orders from the Islamic State group to attack targets in France along with Reda Kriket, a Frenchman who was detained near Paris last week.

France had sought Anis B.'s arrest and extradition after police there said they had thwarted an attack by 34-year-old Kriket, who was caught on Thursday.

Police discovered several assault rifles and explosives at Kriket's apartment in a Paris suburb.

"He (Anis B.) will make a first appearance before a judge today (Tuesday)," a spokesman for the Dutch public prosecutor's office, Franklin Wattimena, told AFP.

"At this hearing he can indicate whether he'd like to be extradited to France and should he wish to do so, it will happen within the next 10 days," said Wattimena.

"Otherwise, he will go through the normal process and appear before an Amsterdam judge within 60 days. This date had not been set," he said.

Heavily-armed police raided a home in the west of Rotterdam late Sunday following the French investigation.

Three other men were also detained in the operation, including two suspects of Algerian origin aged 43 and 47. No immediate details were available about the third man.

They are also being held on suspicion of involvement in terror attacks, Dutch media reported.

Police found ammunition, SIM cards, hard drives, cash and drugs in the raids, during which several houses in the area were evacuated.

The Netherlands was already on heightened alert after the airport and metro attacks in Brussels a week ago, with security stepped up at airports and train stations and border controls tightened.

Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur on Tuesday told parliament he expected Anis B. "to be extradited to France soon."