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‘Terrorist intent’ alleged in Dutch restaurant vandalism

June 30, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Friday, May 8, 2020 file photo, an Israeli flag sticks out of the window of HaCarmel kosher restaurant in Amsterdam, Netherlands after a man smashed the window. A man who attacked a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam last year acted with terrorist intent, prosecutors alleged Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The prosecutors asked a court in Amsterdam to order the man to undergo psychiatric treatment at a secure facility and impose a sentence of 418 days imprisonment — the length of time he has been jailed since his arrest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, file)
FILE - In this Friday, May 8, 2020 file photo, an Israeli flag sticks out of the window of HaCarmel kosher restaurant in Amsterdam, Netherlands after a man smashed the window. A man who attacked a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam last year acted with terrorist intent, prosecutors alleged Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The prosecutors asked a court in Amsterdam to order the man to undergo psychiatric treatment at a secure facility and impose a sentence of 418 days imprisonment — the length of time he has been jailed since his arrest. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, file)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A man who allegedly vandalized a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam last year, smashing a window and ramming an Israeli flag through the hole, acted with terrorist intent, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.

The prosecutors asked a court in Amsterdam to order the man to undergo psychiatric treatment at a secure facility and impose a sentence of 418 days’ imprisonment — the length of time he has been jailed since his arrest.

The 32-year-old suspect is accused of the vandalism at the HaCarmel restaurant in May last year, the sixth attack targeting the restaurant in recent years.

Prosecutors explained in a statement why they called it a terror attack.

“On the one hand, we are talking of ‘only’ a broken window and burned flag. On the other hand, we are dealing with a case that has caused a great deal of commotion, emotions and fear. The suspect’s actions caused great fear in society.”

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The suspect was convicted two years ago of vandalism at the same restaurant. Prosecutors did not link that attack to terrorism, but say the circumstances are different now.

A bureau that analyzed the suspect concluded that he is “radicalized, holds extremist ideas and acted based on that ideology,” prosecutors said, adding that his actions are based on a pro-Palestinian sentiment.

The court is scheduled to deliver its verdict on July 14.