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Far-right Dutchman stuck in the US for possession of weapons and illegal residence | Abroad

The American authorities have arrested a Dutch person who allegedly belonged to an extreme right-wing group. The 26-year-old Jaap Willem L. is suspected of illegal possession of weapons and should have left the US in 2014, according to the federal police service FBI.




The FBI tracked down L. last year during an investigation into the Boogaloo Bois. Members of that group took to the streets of Minneapolis armed during the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. This black American was killed by the police in a heavy-handed arrest attempt.

The Dutchman had contact with members of the group via Facebook. According to the indictment, they spoke, among other things, about their plans to go to Minneapolis, but that would ultimately have failed L. He would later have shared a photo showing how he attended a protest action in Tazewell, Virginia, armed with a rifle.

L. kept his real name a secret. He used pseudonyms such as Martin Dorner and Jaxson Lynch, according to the indictment. The FBI suspects that the Dutchman also gave an interview to a local television channel during a protest in Richlands. He covered his face there and carried another firearm.

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L.’s real identity was revealed through an agent who had once chatted with him on Facebook. He knew him as Jaap from the Netherlands. He entered the US on a three-month tourist visa in May 2014. After that, the Dutch should have left the country. Authorities arrested him on March 2. They then also found an automatic firearm and several magazines.

L. himself stated that he originally went to the US to meet up with a girl he met on the Internet. He would subsequently have stayed even after his residency status had expired.

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Far-right Dutchman stuck in the US for possession of weapons and illegal residence | Abroad
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