Maja honoured, suspects still in custody
24 November 2003,
24 November 2003
AMSTERDAM — Police have not yet released the identities of the four suspects arrested in connection with the killing of 16-year-old Maja Bradaric, who was honoured in a special school ceremony on Sunday.
A police spokesman said the four suspects were interrogated over the weekend. The suspects are believed to be teenagers and one of them is a former boyfriend of Maja.
They were arrested on Friday, but have not confessed and remain in police custody.
Maja's burning corpse was found dumped near the eastern city of Nijmegen at about 12.20am on 18 November. The cause of death has not been made public, but an autopsy indicated the girl was dead before her body was set alight.
The victim's parents reported her missing on the night of Monday 17 November. The teenager was visiting friends when she phoned her mother and said she was going to visit other friends. But it has been suggested that Maja had a secret meeting. She never returned home. The media had previously spelled her name as Braderic.
The Dutch Forensics Institute (NFI) in Rijswijk, near The Hague, identified the victim on Wednesday night and police focused inquiries from then on among the girl's friends and acquaintances. Rumours have been circulating that the suspects are about the same age as the victim.
The Dominicus College in Nijmegen — the VWO school at which Maja was a fourth-year student — held a closed, special ceremony at its auditorium on Sunday morning. About 600 students, parents and teachers attend the service. Flowers were placed in front of the school and the flag flew at half-mast.
The remembrance ceremony for Maja — who emigrated from Bosnia with her parents eight years ago and wished to study law — had no religious character and according to Bosnian tradition, all those who attended were dressed in black and no music was played.
School principal Peters has been assured by the police that the four arrested suspects were not students of the Dominicus College, an NOS news report said. The principal also said Maja's funeral will be held on Wednesday in Nijmegen.
[Copyright Expatica News 2003]
Subject: Dutch news