Here's a little note from Amsterdam - thanx for the No Compromise
you sent us. First, let me tell you the story why I decided to talk to the police.
The first 2 days I told nothing. But then they came with taped phone calls from
me to the press. Normally it's illegal for the police to tap phone-booths. My
luck was that they were after a Colombian drug-gang -- they live in the same street
as I. So the police had permission to tap those phone booths, the ones I did the
calls at. So it was luck for the police, it was their first proof. They made a
voice-recognition, which they can use in court. Then they came with some reports
from an observation team. They followed us (twice) during an action. So that was
their second proof.
Holland is so small, I think it's as big as L.A., and
at the time we were the only ones who did actions with arson. We always used the
same method, incense, fireworks, etc. So with the proof and some stuff they found
searching through my house they know all the actions we did. So with all that
they had, what's the use in shutting up? They were going to convict me anyway.
I thought, well I'm going to jail anyway, so I can tell them everything.
In Holland, you get a lower sentence if you show some cooperation, so from this
point on, I tried to get the lowest sentence possible. Sure, when they don't have
hard evidence it's better to shut up. Did it work? Well, I think so. They wanted
to give me 5 years. The judge gave me three years with 8 months probation. In
Holland, it's standard that 1/3 of your sentence gets off. This leaves me with
18 months and 20 days of which I've done seven months, so I have to do about a
year now. So this is not bad especially when you look at the millions and millions
of guilders we caused.
We did lots of actions of which 14 were arson activities.
And now, because I talked, the press came for interviews. I did a TV interview
- it was a good program and this time from our point of view. I got a lot of positive
reactions. So I can't say I regret talking to the police, when, if I would have
shut my mouth, they (for sure) would have given me the whole 5 years!
we make mistakes, but other people and myself can learn from them, so these mistakes
are not made by other people who take actions. At this moment more and more actions
take place in Holland. There have now been a few more fires causing millions and
millions of guilders damage. So I don't regret anything.
Frank Kocera 1648820