Attacker sentenced to more than 26 years in prison for stabbing at Amsterdam Central

The court has sentenced Jawed S., an attacker who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam Central Station on August 31, 2018, to 26 years and eight months of prison time, report

The Amsterdam police and the court convicted him of two attempts of murder with a terrorist motive. He is also charged with threatening three officers as he advanced on them with his knife, before being shot in the leg and reprimanded.

The 20-year-old waited around 45 minutes at the station before he stabbed the victims while they were standing at the information desk. One of the victims was stabbed in the back and is now in a wheelchair. S. also lashed out at the other victim leading to the person to have permanent nerve damage.

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Image: Ingrid Bischler/Pixabay

However, he stated that he did not intend to attack tourists. His initial intention was to “scare the Dutch population”, said the judge. According to, he does not regret doing it. He was also given a psychological evaluation but was found to not have any mental disorder. The judge believes him to be a “repeat risk,” RTL Nieuws reported.

He decided to travel from Germany to Amsterdam after right-wing, populist PVV leader Geert Wilders proposed a “cartoon competition” about prophet Mohammed in June 2018. S. felt that it was an insult against the prophet.

“I had come to the Netherlands to protect my prophet,” RTL Nieuws quotes S. “Why did you give that dirty pig the opportunity to insult the prophet? By you, I mean the Dutch state. You have many pigs here. One is the big one, that is Wilders. ”

Feature Image: Ingrid Bischler/Pixabay

Kavana Desai
Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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