Law officers track down bomb hoax suspect

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17 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor's office in Rotterdam has tracked down the person they believe for the false bomb scare that closed down Rotterdam Central Station on 1 December 2004.

17 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor's office in Rotterdam has tracked down the person they believe for the false bomb scare that closed down Rotterdam Central Station on 1 December 2004.

The station was evacuated after a telephone caller claimed a passenger on an Intercity train in the station had a hand grenade. Train traffic around the station was also halted.

Police searched the train but could not find the grenade or the man who supposedly had it in his possession.

Dutch rail NS had its hands full at the time in Rotterdam because supporters on the way to a football match were walking on the train tracks.

The eight-month long investigation into the hoax call led to a 35-year-old Amsterdam man Rock who is in custody in relation to other allegations. One relates to an attempt to extort money from media tycoon John de Mol.

The man was tracked down after the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) matched his voice to a tape of another hoax call. The case was featured on the crime-stoppers programme Opsporing Verzocht in January this year and this generated several tips about the man's possible identity.

The public prosecutor suspects the man of involvement in four hoax calls: 1 December last year and 27 November 2002 in Rotterdam; 4 December 2002 in Assen 20
April 2004 in Zwolle. In the latter case, a caller claimed a train passenger had a gun.

Each call sparked  significant nuisance when precautionary measures were taken by police.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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