The court in Arnhem on Monday sentenced a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old man from Bussum to two years in prison for their involvement in the attacks that were committed around the extortion of fruit company De Groot Fresh Group in Hedel. Last month, the Public Prosecution Service demanded four years in prison against the two men.
This concerns a foiled attack on the home of a daughter of the director of the fruit company in December 2020. Ali G., the client behind the terrorist campaign – himself now sentenced to almost 20 years in prison – requested information about personal and address details of relatives of De Groot. The 38-year-old man worked at an insurance company and therefore had access to the population register. He collected this address information illegally after the 34-year-old man requested it. The 34-year-old man passed on the data to client Ali G..
According to the court, both men knew that this confidential data would be misused to commit an attack. The court deduced this from events in September 2020, when Ali G. asked for addresses of a Zaandam vlogger and his family. In the background there was a heated conflict between vloggers 0Fux and Youness O.. Even then, the 38-year-old man – at the request of the 34-year-old man – illegally consulted the information system and passed on the address details to Ali G..
In the following weeks, three attacks with fireworks bombs took place at the homes of the parents of vlogger 0Fux.
The two suspects from Bussum were acquitted by the court of involvement in the attack itself because there is no convincing evidence that they knew that this information would be used. However, both are convicted of computer trespassing.
The court blames the men for being guilty of ‘serious crimes and thus contributing to the continued extortion of the fruit company’. According to the court, she ‘takes into account the ease with which the 38-year-old man unlawfully provided personal data’.
Because the court acquits the duo of one bomb attack, it imposes a different sentence than the four-year demand of the public prosecutor. Both men receive two years in prison.