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Racist jailed for ‘stunt bomb plot’ May 28, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in ANM, Australian Nationalist Movement, Card, John Van Blitterswyk, Racism, Racism against the Chinese, Racist, Racist bomb plot, racist neo-Nazi, stunt bomb plot, Tongeren, Van Blitterswyk, Van Tongeren, West Australian District Court.
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White supremacist Jack van Tongeren’s right hand man was labelled “un-Australian” as he was jailed for more than two years for plotting to bomb four Chinese restaurants in Perth as a publicity stunt.

John Van Blitterswyk, 56, was sentenced in the West Australian District Court for conspiring with three other men, including van Tongeren, to bomb the restaurants in 2004.

The court was told the neo-Nazi Australian Nationalist Movement (ANM) members concocted the plot as a stunt to coincide with the release of van Tongeren’s book, The ANM Story.

They were arrested after some ANM members were charged over racist graffiti in Perth, with two rolling over and giving evidence about the plot.

Van Blitterswyk’s lawyer Evan Shackleton told the court his client had turned his life around since being a follower of van Tongeren – the “mastermind and catalyst” of the racist ANM movement.

“The ANM is a spent force. The white flag has gone up. It is finished,” Mr Shackleton said.

He called for a suspended sentence, saying his client had become a father in April and was employing six people in his carpentry business in the town of Gingin, 100km north of Perth.

Judge Michael O’Sullivan said it was clear van Tongeren had a considerable influence on Van Blitterswyk.

However, he jailed him for two years and four months for the racially motivated crime.

“It is un-Australian,” Judge O’Sullivan said.

“No-one in this country should be at risk of attack because of their ethnic background.”

Van Blitterswyk was made eligible for parole, at an unspecified date, and his sentence will be reduced by 90 days for time already spent in custody.

Van Tongeren, 58, pleaded guilty last November and was given a two year suspended sentence, after his lawyer told the court the former Vietnam Veteran was a sick and broken man.

He was ordered to leave Western Australia and is now believed to be living in Victoria where he reportedly recently won an art prize in the town of Inverloch.

Van Tongeren and Van Blitterswyk have been sentenced before after being found guilty in 1990 for conspiring to drive Asians from the state and trying to incite a race hate war.

Van Tongeren served his full 12-year jail sentence, while Van Blitterswyk was released early from his 14-year sentence.

Outside the court on Thursday, Detective Sergeant Dave Ellery said the ANM had been mostly dismantled but WA police would continue to monitor former members and associates.

“These people were released after a lengthy penalty and they re-formed again, but let’s hope they learned by their mistakes,” he said.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: smh.com.au

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