Accomplice 'threw gun' to hostage taker

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17 December 2003 AMSTERDAM — The weapon that a 22-year-old detainee smuggled into the Arnhem Court on 29 January before he was shot dead in a resulting hostage drama was allegedly thrown over the wall of a city jail by a male accomplice.The detainee grabbed the weapon and used it two days later in the courtroom to take Arnhem public prosecutor B. van der Krabben hostage. Suspect accomplice 26-year-old V. B. appeared in court in a pre-trial hearing in Amsterdam on Thursday. B denies the charges and his lawy

17 December 2003

AMSTERDAM — The weapon that a 22-year-old detainee smuggled into the Arnhem Court on 29 January before he was shot dead in a resulting hostage drama was allegedly thrown over the wall of a city jail by a male accomplice.

The detainee grabbed the weapon and used it two days later in the courtroom to take Arnhem public prosecutor B. van der Krabben hostage. Suspect accomplice 26-year-old V. B. appeared in court in a pre-trial hearing in Amsterdam on Thursday.

B denies the charges and his lawyer claimed the prosecution had insufficient evidence. The allegations are largely based on information that the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIE) has since obtained, news agency ANP reported.

The detainee was on remand in the Arnhem South jail. The alleged accomplice's lawyer said the gun used in the hostage taking was an air gun, a type of alarm pistol that could scarcely cause injury.

But in the courtroom drama, the detainee obtained a service pistol from a court police officer. When he fired the gun, police acted on authority from chief prosecutor R. Daverschot to end the situation. The resulting operation ended with the shooting death of the Albanian detainee.

Prosecutor Van der Krabben was hit in the crossfire, receiving a bullet wound to the shoulder. He was treated in hospital and resumed work several months later.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject; Dutch news

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