Chaired by: Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
Alexander van Dam is public prosecutor. Together with public prosecutor Koos Plooij he led the case against the ”Hofstadgroep,” a group of 14 terrorism suspects, and was also involved in the “Piranha” case against terrorism suspect Samir Azzouz and others. Both cases involved penal code article 140a, “participation in a criminal organization with terrorist aim.” In the Hofstadgroep case, initially 9 out of 14 suspects were convicted on March 10, 2006, though the verdict was successfully appealed on January 23, 2008, acquitting all suspects of terrorism. The acquittal was eventually annulled by the High Court and the case was sent back to a lower court in 2010. Since December 28, 2006, the Hofstadgroep is included on the EU list of designated terrorist organizations. In the Piranha case against Samir Azzouz, Soumaya Sahla, Noureddine el Fahtni, Mohammed Chentoufen, and Brahim Harbour, Van Dam led the state’s case, accusing them of the preparation of attacks on politicians and the headquarters of the Dutch secret service. All suspects were sentenced several years in jail.
The New World Summit: Leiden took place in De Waag, Leiden, the Netherlands on the 29th of September 2012.