Two Syrian brothers sentenced by Dutch court for belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court sentenced two Syrian brothers to 16 and 12 years in prison on charges of belonging to the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra.

According to the court’s decision, the judges convicted the defendants based on a police investigation that included wiretapping of their homes, cars, phones, and computers.

The Dutch court explained that Jabhat al-Nusra launched several attacks in Syria that caused civilian casualties. It also contributed to the exacerbation of armed conflict and chaos that pushed millions of Syrians to flee their country.

The two men were previously granted asylum by the Dutch government.

The identities of the two Syrians were not revealed per Dutch law. They were subjected to scrutiny by the Dutch police after one of them was identified by people in the Netherlands.