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19 November 2014
Dutch minister: Moluccan hijackers not executed

According to the Dutch minister of justice Opstelten no evidence has been found that the six killed captors clearly have surrendered during the military action. during the press conference he stated that there has not been 'any executions'. This has become evident after the results of archival research by the Dutch ministry of Security and Justice done at the request of the Lower House. At the moment relatives from the Moluccans that hijacked a train in 1977 are bringing the Dutch state to court because they think to have enough proof that the Marines at the time executed some of the hijackers.


'The purpose of the plan was the liberation and the protection of the kidnapped passengers in the train. It was accepted that the consequence could be that probably all captors would be killed. The force exerted by the precision shooters and the Marines were within the limits of the use of force which was provided and accepted by the authorities’, Minister Ivo Opstelten said this afternoon in a statement.

 

At the moment relatives from the Moluccans that hijacked a train in 1977 are bringing the Dutch state to court because they think to have enough proof that the Marines at the time executed some of the hijackers while they were already wounded. In two weeks results of a new research will be published by the ministry of Justice.

 

According to a secret memo published by the newspaper De Volkskrant last weekend, the Moluccan train hijackers were killed by a hail of bullets when Marines stormed the train. It seems that the hijackers were liquidated and had no chance to survive the storming of the train. Nine Moluccan youngsters hijacked the train to demand the independency of the Moluccan State, a promise the Dutch made 25 years earlier.

 

Over the last years policemen and Mariner’s have come out with more information about the violent raid. One of them states that before the storming of the hijacked train the order was given to take care that the leaders of the Moluccan group and a young Moluccan woman were not allowed to leave the train alive.

 

There are no facts or circumstances emerged in archival research showing that the decision to intervene then been sloppy, incomplete or incorrect. The raid was based on an adequate legal basis, the minister said.

 

According to Opstelten no evidence has been found that the six killed captors clearly have surrendered during the the military action. during the press conference he stated that there has not been 'any executions'. Two hijackers did surrender and one one hijacker was overpowered after a shoot-out.

 

According to Opstelten and the minister of Defence Hennis the archival research confirms ‘what the government in 1977 in the Lower House has declared and has written in the Cabinet report 'on almost all points’. At one point it is different. ‘This is the announcement that in the train there has not been fired shots a hostage takers who did not resist with a firearm.’ Only after the verdict in the upcoming case started by some relatives of the hijackers there will be a chance that it will become clear if the captors were executed intentionally.

 

Links:

Moluccans unhappy at train hijack report: raises more unanswered questions

‘No evidence of executions in 1977 Moluccan train hijacking review’

Relatives bring Dutch state to court for execution Moluccan train hijackers

 

 




 

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