One of the two men who were conspiring to commit a terrorist attack on a Rotterdam police station has been sentenced to three years in prison in Germany before the events. He was released at the end of last year, appeared Tuesday during a non-substantive hearing in the court in Rotterdam.

It is still unclear on what charges he was convicted, but according to the public prosecutor it is not a “terror-related” case.

The men were arrested last June. They rely on their right to remain silent and do not want to tell their names. Both were not present in court on Tuesday. According to the prosecutor, it concerns Moroccan men aged 27 and 23 years. The older man may call himself Mouad M., the younger Ahmed B. or Salim A. He was previously detained in Germany.

When they were arrested in a Rotterdam home, they had told them that they were from Libya and were underage. They are suspected of preparing terror act and membership in a terrorist organization. They have conspiring to attack the security services in the Netherlands according to the prosecution.

One of the suspects sent a picture of the Veranda police station in Rotterdam-Zuid, which is close to the Kuip, in a chat via Facebook – which was luckily intercepted by the American intelligence service FBI. The chat discussed in detail about (the purchase of) weapons, explosives and bomb belts. ‘Martyrs’ phones contained photos of the Erasmus Bridge. No weapons or explosives were found during their arrest.

The Public Prosecution Service has announced that the investigation is still in full swing, also in cooperation with the authorities in France, Germany and Belgium. The outcome of the case is unclear.

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