LIVE – Reporter Saskia Belleman is present in the substantive handling of the case against the 32-year-old suspect in Amsterdam. Follow her live report at the bottom of this article.

The incident took place in September 2019 at the well-known gay bar Taboo in the Reguliersdwarsstraat. A hangout that is very popular with drag queens and transvestites. Saleh A. is also present. He immediately stands out, says an eyewitness.

“It was a very vague gentleman who was behaving strangely. He looked very angry and stared at people. A very unsafe atmosphere. It didn’t feel right.”

Saleh A. is evicted from the case by security. Outside he uses threatening language and shouts: ‘Here boom, boom, boom’. “When he was removed he just kept walking up and down the street and yelling. It became very gray then,” says the eyewitness. Finally, the police are called in.

The status holder is initially not recognized as the man who attacked a Jewish restaurant in South in 2017. The owner of Taboo does not file a report after the incident. Only after the police establish his identity does it become clear that this is the refugee who smashes the windows of Hacarmel on the Amstelveenseweg with an iron bar while shouting ‘Allahu akbar’. Before the Taboo incident, he was eventually given a 24-hour ban on the vicinity of the catering facility.


Three weeks earlier, the ‘case of Saleh A.’, on the table at the Public Order and Security (OOV) department of the municipality, confirms a well-entered source.

The refugee regularly demonstrates on Dam Square for the Palestinian cause, but comes into conflict with a female passer-by who is not happy with the Palestinian manifestation. A wrestling match then ensues in which Saleh A. pushes the woman. He is eventually convicted, confirms his lawyer Willem van Vliet.

Homobar Taboo on the Amsterdam Reguliers cross street, where Saleh A. uttered threatening language.

Homobar Taboo on the Amsterdam Reguliers cross street, where Saleh A. uttered threatening language.

The question is with the municipality whether A. should receive a ‘location ban’ for Dam Square. But then he becomes isolated from his fellow protesters, which can be a breeding ground for a ‘lone wolf’ action, is the estimate of the POS department.

But in the spring of 2020 things will change. Saleh A. has a personal supervisor, someone with whom he has a good click, according to his lawyer. A radicalization expert and imam who speaks standard Arabic. But the municipality has stopped working together. While those involved warn not to do this.

A. is parked at the confused persons department. Because his new supervisor only speaks Moroccan Arabic, communication is hardly possible. His treatment is also discontinued due to the corona pandemic. Five weeks later – early May – Saleh A. strikes again at the Jewish restaurant Hacarmel.


The Public Prosecution Service wants to know from experts whether A. is radicalized or has extremist motives. During these conversations, A. says that he has a wish to join the terrorist organization Hamas in the future, confirms lawyer Herman Loonstein, who assists the victimized restaurateurs and has warned for some time about terrorist motives of A.

The municipality of Amsterdam has announced that it does not wish to respond to individual cases.

Reporter Saskia Belleman is present in the court of Amsterdam. Read her live report here:

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