Netherlands court jails man over Saudi embassy shooting

Netherlands court jails man over Saudi embassy shooting
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25 December, 2021
It was noted during the trial that the man, who was said to be suffering from a mental condition, had previously vandalised the embassy’s wall.
The man fired shots at the Saudi embassy with an automatic weapon [Getty]

A Netherlands court has sentenced a 41-year-old man to four years in prison over a shooting at the Saudi embassy in The Hague in November last year, the Saudi Gazette reported on Saturday.

The man fired 29 bullets at the diplomatic building with an automatic weapon, however no injuries were reported, according to sources cited by the Gazette.

Judges and plaintiffs in the trial disagreed over the man’s motive, with one group of plaintiffs alleging that the man was motivated by terrorism. The man had reportedly tried to obtain a Hajj visa from the embassy on a number of occasions, but was refused.

It was noted during the trial that the man, who was said to be suffering from a mental condition, had previously vandalised the embassy’s wall.

The man will receive psychological treatment during his time in prison, according to the Gazette.