Fortuyn's 'well-off' killer offers compo deal

28th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Volkert van der Graaf, the man serving an 18-year sentence for murdering politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002, has to date not paid the EUR 22,000 compensation owed to Fortuyn's relatives.

30 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Volkert van der Graaf, the man serving an 18-year sentence for murdering politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002, has to date not paid the EUR 22,000 compensation owed to Fortuyn's relatives.

A lawyer representing Van der Graaf, 36, has suggested the compensation be paid off in annual instalments of EUR 2,200 per year for the next 10 year, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper said Fortuyn's family is less than enthusiastic about the idea of receiving monthly bank transfer from Van der Graaf for 10 years. Marten Fortuyn, a brother of the victim, said this was particularly the case as Van der Graaf and his partner appeared to be "well-off" at the time of the killing.

Confidential justice department files indicated Van der Graaf had EUR 22,000 in a bank account. He and his girlfriend, Petra, also had a joint account with 155,749 Guilders (over EUR 70,000) and stocks and bonds worth 238,715 Guilders (EUR 108,000). Petra inherited the wealth following the death of her father in 1986.

An appeal court confirmed Van der Graaf's 18-year sentence on 17 July 2003 and ordered him to pay EUR 5,500 to each of Fortuyn's beneficiaries. A lawyer, acting for Van der Graaf, later wrote he had no resources to pay the compensation.

The new deal has been offered by a different lawyer retained by Van der Graaf.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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