Dutch Supreme Court orders kickboxer Badr Hari back to jail
Some unfortunate news for Dutch kickboxer Badr Hari, it seems as if he’s returning to jail. Hari, who served eight months previously, found out today his appeal was denied. He will have to return to the Netherlands to serve six additional months stemming from the original sentence.
Badr has run afoul with the law on a number of occasions. In 2012 he was convicted of aggravated assault against businessman Koen Everink. Everink was assaulted in the VIP area of a music festival, and was left with a badly broken ankle, after it was repeatedly stomped on.
In 2014 he was found guilty and sentenced to 18 months in prison, with six months suspended. Hari was unhappy with the sentence but an appeal did not go as planned. The courts ruled the initial sentence was too lenient. The sentence was amended to include 2 years, with an additional ten months probation and a hefty fine.
He took his appeal of that to the Dutch Supreme Court, hoping to get by with time served, but today that decision went against him. He was ordered to return and serve the additional six months in prison.
Hari is among the elite heavyweight kickboxers in the world. He had a highly anticipated fight with Rico Verhoeven this last December. He lost that fight due to an injury to his arm. Badr Hari is currently only 32 years old, so he’ll have plenty of time to reestablish himself on the fight scene after his sentence is completed.