MP's attacker remanded in custody

9th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM − The 41-year-old woman who allegedly ran Liberal VVD leader Jozias van Aartsen down in her car on 1 April was remanded in custody on Friday.

9 July 2004

AMSTERDAM − The 41-year-old woman who allegedly ran Liberal VVD leader Jozias van Aartsen down in her car on 1 April was remanded in custody on Friday.

A court in The Hague rejected the appeal from the woman's lawyer to release her pending an October trial, newspaper De Volkskrant reported.

The defendant, identified only as F. de J., was convinced that the intelligence services were bugging her and wanted to put an end to it.

De J. did not have premeditated plans to attack Van Aartsen, but saw him by chance on the Lange Voorhout in The Hague. The prosecution also alleged she had said to a passer-by that the MP was a good target.

The prosecution has charged the woman with attempted murder or attempted grievous bodily harm of both Van Aartsen and his spokesman, who received a shoulder injury in the attack.

De J. is a lawyer that works for a legal aid bureau in Utrecht and sent several emails several days before the hit-and-run attack to current affairs programme NOVA. The emails were entitled "murder attempt".

Directly after the incident, she drove back to her home in Enschede in the east of the country and was arrested later that same day.

The court will hand down its ruling on 4 October.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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