Impunity for 1947 Dutch massacre was deliberate

26th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

New findings reveal that the decision to not prosecute the army officer responsible for the massacre of 431 Indonesians was taken immediately after the tragedy.

The Hague – The decision not to prosecute a Dutch army officer for the massacre of over 400 Indonesians in 1947 was taken straight after the killing, reveals a Dutch television current affairs programme.

In an interview with the Netwerk, Jeffrey Pondaag of the Committee for Dutch Honours of Debt said an exchange of letters reveals that the decision was taken immediately after the tragedy in spite of a recommendation by Chief of Staff General Simon Spoor to the procurator general, H W Felderhof, to prosecute Major Alphons Wijnen for the atrocity.

Wijnen was in command of the unit that committed the massacre.

On 9 December 1947, Dutch troops reportedly killed 431 inhabitants from Rawagede in western Java. The military operations were intended to bring the Indonesia back under Dutch control after the end of the Japanese occupation.

Up to now, the authorities claimed that the case against the massacre perpetrators had been barred by lapse of time.

Labour MP Martijn van Dam said he is shocked by the revelation.
The Hague refuses to pay damages to the 10 family members who filed a lawsuit against the Netherlands because the statute of limitations has expired. The nine widows and a boy then who survived the killing wanted financial compensation, explanations and recognition for their suffering.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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