The Public Prosecution Service (OM) has demanded fifteen months in prison, of which five months conditionally, against two men for distributing more than fifteen threatening letters to companies that are cooperating in the development of two wind farms in Groningen and Drenthe. According to the OM, the two would also have been guilty of threatening to dump asbestos at the locations where the wind farms were supposed to be.
The threats against construction companies such as Hak, BAM and energy company RWE caused enormous unrest and anxiety in the spring of 2019, according to the OM. “Not having a clue where those threats came from affected the sense of security even more,” said the prosecutor. Two companies withdrew because of the threats.
The Public Prosecution Service does not rule out that the two suspects, the 63-year-old Jan. N. from Tweede Exloërmond and the 59-year-old Jan H. from Meeden, have worked with several people on the threats. The two suspects would have devised these plans, provided input and ensured that they were implemented, according to the OM.
Both men represent action groups that are against the construction of the wind farms. Despite the fact that the threats have stopped after the arrest of the men, according to the OM, their resistance to the windmills has not diminished and a punishment is warranted. “Moreover, there will undoubtedly be other decisions coming their way in the future with which they cannot agree.”
It is not yet known when the court will rule on the case.
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