VVD wants clarification on letter

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11 June 2007, THE HAGUE – The Liberal VVD faction in Parliament wants clarification about new information on the unsolved murder of Marianne Vaatstra. The faction wants answers now that it emerges that the girl's parents received an anonymous letter reporting that a dangerous asylum seeker was secretly transferred from an asylum centre near the crime scene and subsequently deported, not long after the crime had taken place.

11 June 2007

THE HAGUE – The Liberal VVD faction in Parliament wants clarification about new information on the unsolved murder of Marianne Vaatstra. The faction wants answers now that it emerges that the girl's parents received an anonymous letter reporting that a dangerous asylum seeker was secretly transferred from an asylum centre near the crime scene and subsequently deported, not long after the crime had taken place.

Newspaper De Telegraaf published the letter on Sunday. VVD MP Fred Teeven said on Monday that he wants to know why no DNA sample was taken from the man in question at the time and why a request for legal assistance was not issued in an attempt to get a DNA sample later on. He has submitted written questions to Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin and State secretary Nebahat Albayrak. Teeven also expects the matter to be discussed during question time in Parliament on Tuesday.

16-year-old Vaatstra from the Frisian town of Zwaagwesteinde was raped and murdered near the town of Veenkloster on the night of 30 April 1999. Five men were designated as suspects during the investigation but were cleared by DNA evidence. The justice department took DNA samples from more than 800 men in the area of Veenklooster but failed to turn up the perpetrator.

The author of the anonymous letter writes that an asylum seeker was transferred in the strictest secrecy from the asylum centre in Kollum to a special wing of the asylum centre in Musselkanaal on 3 May 1999. According to the letter, the man was brought to Schiphol shortly after and deported to his own country, where he was wanted for the murders of several women.

Teeven wants to know whether this account of events is in fact true, and to what country the asylum seeker was deported if this is the case. He also wants to know whether the justice minister and state secretary at the time were informed.

He also wants to know whether employees of the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers were dismissed in 1999 and 2000 because of this case.

Teeven wants clear answers from the government. "They must not come with the announcement that they may not say anything because the criminal case is still pending."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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