A little over a year ago, an Afghan culture-enricher named Jawed Sultani went on a stabbing rampage at Amsterdam’s Central railway station, seriously wounding two American tourists. Mr. Sultani told police that his attack was intended to avenge the honor of Islam after Geert Wilders announced his Mohammed cartoon contest.
Now the Amsterdam mujahid has been sentenced to 26 years in prison, and will have to pay substantial compensation to his victims. Readers should take note, however, of who will actually end up footing the bill for the indemnity.
More than 26 years for the attacker at Amsterdam Central Station, almost three million in compensation
The man who stabbed two American tourists at the Amsterdam Central Station last year has been sentenced to 26 years and 8 months in prison. The court convicted Jawed S. on two counts of attempted murder with a terrorist motive and threats against three police officers. The sentence is longer than that requested by the public prosecutor — 25 years.
In addition, S. must pay compensation of more than €2.8 million to one of the victims. The man is suffering from paralysis, and will probably spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. The defendant must pay more than €38,000 to the other American.
Watch in the first video what the judge says about the compensation — in the second video, the sentence is announced.
On the question of whether S. can pay the almost €3 million, the victims don’t have to worry. The state pays compensation to the victims of violent crime and sexual offenses, explains NOS justice editor Remco Andringa. “The government then attempts to recover the amount from the perpetrator. But because Jawed S., being an asylum seeker and a detainee, would not have much money, in practice, it will be the government that pays the victims.”
The Afghanistan-born Jawed S. (20), born in Afghanistan, is an asylum seeker who has exhausted all legal remedies in Germany. A year ago, he took the train from Germany to Amsterdam to take revenge for comments by Geert Wilders. With the announcement of a cartoon competition about the prophet Mohammed, Wilders insulted his faith, according to S.
S. was accused of two counts of attempted murder with a terrorist motive. All alleged facts have been proven, according to the court. According to the judge, S. acted with a preconceived plan. “He came to the Netherlands to kill as many people as possible,” she said. “The risk of recidivism is very high. The court must protect society.” Therefore, according to her, only the highest possible penalty is appropriate.
S. himself was not present for the verdict.
According to the prosecutor, the Afghan was guilty of a terrorist crime. A mental disorder could not be diagnosed. This means that he is fully accountable for what he has done. S. said at a hearing that his plan was to kill “unfair and cruel” people.
The victims were random passers-by. They survived the attack, but were seriously injured.
The wife of one of the victims made this statement. She was 11 weeks pregnant when the attack was carried out. [See video, in English]
[Underneath video: Wife of victim of Jawed S. “I was witness to the brutal attack on my husband.”]