A Dutch court convicted nine Muslims on Friday of belonging to a terrorist group because they incited hatred for non-Muslims, in a ruling that sets a framework for prosecuting potential terrorists before they act.
Two of the men were convicted of attempted murder for throwing hand grenades during a standoff with police and given sentences of 15 and 13 years respectively.
Among the defendants was Mohammed Bouyeri, 27, the convicted murderer of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who has already been sentenced to life in prison for the Nov. 2, 2004 murder. Bouyeri was found to be a leader of the group but judges said he could not be punished further.
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