A 39-year-old man who set fire to the building of the Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen (CBR) in Rijswijk at the beginning of this year has been sentenced to tbs with coercive treatment.
Ahmad B. had failed his driving test nine times and wanted to draw attention to his situation. In Syria, from where he fled to the Netherlands, he had already obtained his driving licence.
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) had demanded three years in prison and tbs with coercive treatment. However, the judge ruled that B. should be treated as soon as possible. That is why he does not get a prison sentence.
Bucket of gasoline
A witness saw B. walk into the CBR building in Rijswijk at the beginning of January. He had a bag and a bucket filled with gasoline with him. The Hagenaar threw the bag on the ground and lit the petrol that ran out of it. He threw the contents of the bucket on the flames.
The fire caused a lot of material damage and the building could not be used for six months, with all its consequences for employees and exam candidates. “In addition, the fire and the smoke could have had serious or even fatal consequences for those present in the building,” said the judge at the hearing.
According to experts, B. has serious psychological problems. As a result, he thinks he is disadvantaged by everyone, this time by the CBR. There is a good chance that he will relapse. That’s why the judge wants the suspect to be treated intensively.
It is not known how long the treatment of the man will take, writes Omroep West.