The Amsterdam taxi driver who was suspected of an attack in Hoef and Haag last year was acquitted today by the court in Utrecht. He became unwell two weeks ago when he heard the sentence of five years in prison.
There were indications that he was involved in the attack, but the judge is not convinced that it was his taxi that was seen in the vicinity of the house on July 2.
Series of explosions
The attack was the first in a series of explosions. Last summer, three attacks were committed on homes in the same region in July. Twice in Hoef and Haag and once in Tienhoven. There was also an attack on a house in Huizen.
Justice thinks that the attacks are related to a conflict between two groups of drug criminals. Several suspects have been arrested and are due to appear in court soon.
The acquittal is not only a major setback for the Public Prosecution Service. The residents are also disappointed, writes RTV Utrecht. They wanted to recover the damage suffered from the driver.
The taxi driver used his right to remain silent during his trial. Only at the last word did he say he was innocent and asked for an acquittal. It is not yet clear whether the OM will appeal.