"Revenge was the motive"
29 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The left-wing activist Louis Sévèke was killed in an act of revenge. Newspaper the Gelderlander reported this today on the basis of information from justice and police sources.
29 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – The left-wing activist Louis Sévèke was killed in an act of revenge. Newspaper the Gelderlander reported this today on the basis of information from justice and police sources.
The suspect, who has confessed the murder, was reportedly kicked out of the Nijmegen squat movement by Sévèke in the 1990s. Insiders say Sévèke suspected Martinus Hendrikus T. (known to others in squat circles as Marcel T.) of being an infiltrator for the intelligence service at the time.
Police say T. swore in his diary that he would take revenge on Sévèke for this. Police happened upon the diary in a rented storage space while investigating a series of bank robberies. The Gelderlander also reports that T. is regarded as responsible for "a series of attacks in Nijmegen and Arnhem," the circumstances of which had been unclear.
T. wrote in his diary, for instance, that he committed the attack on BASF Agrochemicals in Arnhem in 1996. Responsibility for the attack was claimed after the incident by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).
Rotterdam native T. (38) was arrested in an internet café in Spain on 16 March. He has been in custody in the Netherlands since Tuesday. He will be brought before the examining magistrate on Friday.
Friends and family of Sévèke deny that the suspect was ever a housemate or close friend of Sévèke's. They say in a statement released today that the suspect left the squat scene after a difference of opinion about accepting money in return for abandoning a squat.
After discussion the squat group came to the conclusion that such transactions should not be accepted. The suspect did not agree with this decision and left the group.
Sévèke never accused Marcel T. of being an infiltrator for the authorities, say friends and family of Louis Sévèke.
"That was not how Louis worked, he would never just accuse people like that. Louis always felt that weighty accusations like that had to be supported with facts before they could even be discussed. As far as we know that was never the case with regard to the suspect."
It is unclear whether the suspect is the person who signed a number of e-mails to Sévèke in the months preceding his death as "Edmund Dante."
The police and the prosecution department will not comment further on the case today, they said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news