Individuals Travelling from Netherlands to Syria Have Passports Confiscated

January 28, 2014


Eight individuals planning to travel to Syria from the Netherlands have had their passports confiscated, Dick Schoof, head of counter-terrorism in the Netherlands, announced to a national radio station. According to Schoof, the confiscation occurred to prevent Dutch nationals from travelling to fight in Syria. This is the first time such measures have been employed, and Schoof noted that while the move is “effective”, he must now wait to hear court judgments regarding whether such confiscation is legally possible.


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