Family, friends hold silentmarch for dead bag thief

20th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — Relatives and friends of the man who was killed in a car crash after stealing the motorist's handbag are to lead a silent procession through Amsterdam on Friday.

20 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Relatives and friends of the man who was killed in a car crash after stealing the motorist's handbag are to lead a silent procession through Amsterdam on Friday.

The march will start at Amsterdam Central Station at about 2pm and will make its way to Derde Oosterparkstraat in the east of the city where the tragedy occurred on Monday night.

Ali el B., 19, died almost instantly as he was pinned by the reversing car to a tree. Moments earlier, he and an accomplice, 18, had driven up on a scooter and snatched a bag from the car.

The 18-year-old man escaped, but has since reported to the police. He has allegedly confessed to the theft and is due to appear in court on Friday. Police have declined to reveal his account of the accident.

The driver, Germaine C., a 43-year-old mother-of-two, has been charged with manslaughter and has been remanded in custody. Through her lawyer, the woman has said she did not mean to hit El B. and has expressed sorrow for his death.

The public prosecutor (OM) is charging her with manslaughter, claiming that she took an "unacceptable risk" in the manner she reversed her car.

Feelings are now running high in the area and some locals have suggested she reversed into El B. deliberately.

Newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Amsterdam Council will not oppose the silent procession. Mayor Job Cohen went to the Watergraafsmeer district office to holds talks about the proposed route and management of the march.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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