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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 February, 2005, 16:14 GMT
Dutch 'terror plot' trial starts
A teenager has gone on trial in the Netherlands on charges of planning terror attacks.

Samir Azzouz, 18, is also accused of having links with a Islamic group allegedly involved in the killing of filmmaker Theo van Gogh last year.

Police say they found weapons and maps of targeted buildings during a raid at his home last year.

Mr Azzouz, who was born in the Netherlands of Moroccan parents, refused to answer questions in court.

An airgun, machine-gun cartridges, as well as maps of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and other buildings were found at his home, police said.

They say the maps were marked with comments on security measures at the various sites.

"Objects found in your house indicate you were in the last phase and that you were just waiting to push the button," a police report read out in court said.

Van Gogh case

Mr Azzouz is charged with attempted murder, manslaughter, arson and illegally possessing a firearm.

Prosecutors also say he may have been linked to a militant Muslim group believed to be behind the murder of van Gogh.

Van Gogh was shot dead before having his throat slit while cycling to work in Amsterdam.

Among the objects police say they seized from Mr Azzouz's home is also a testament urging his baby daughter to join the Islamic holy war.

The search of his home and his arrest in June last year took place in the wake of an armed robbery at a supermarket where he used to work.


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