Queen's physician suspected in heiress 'murder'
4 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Prosecutors suspect the physician of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands of involvement in murder.
4 October 2005
AMSTERDAM — Prosecutors suspect the physician of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands of involvement in murder.
Newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported on Tuesday that general practitioner George F.M. of The Hague was held in custody for two weeks and was questioned extensively about the suspected murder of widow Sophie Gorter-Hin, 95.
Her father was an industrialist who left her a huge fortune. She was euthanized on 19 September 2000. Three weeks ago, the public prosecutor (OM) ordered that her body be exhumed for forensic tests.
The authorities suspects a large number of morphine plasters were used to bring about the woman's death and that she was killed in order to embezzle her wealth. The national forensics institute (NFI) took samples from the woman's remains to see if the suspicions about a morphine overdose could be confirmed, 'De Telegraaf' said.
Three people — including the doctor whose patients included Queen Beatrix and her late husband, Prince Claus — were arrested.
The chief suspect is Hague surgeon Rob S. who inherited almost EUR 3 million after the widow's death. A nurse was also arrested.
The government information service RVD described the case as a private matter and declined to comment further.
The Queen's doctor, M, was arrested because he assisted during the euthanasia of the childless widow.
'De Telegraaf' said it is not clear how strong the case against the three is. A court ordered their release from custody on 22 September after two experts submitted reports stating that morphine could not be detected so many years after the death.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news