Van Aartsen's attacker faces psych detention
11 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor demanded TBS psychiatric detention with compulsory treatment in a court on Monday for a 41-year-old woman who ran down Liberal VVD leader Jozias van Aartsen with her car in April.
11 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor demanded TBS psychiatric detention with compulsory treatment in a court on Monday for a 41-year-old woman who ran down Liberal VVD leader Jozias van Aartsen with her car in April.
Van Aartsen rolled over the bonnet of the woman's car, but was unhurt in the attack on the Lange Voorhout near the Dutch Parliament buildings in The Hague. His spokesman, Gerald Rensink, suffered a shoulder injury.
The prosecution has charged the defendant with two counts of attempted murder, but admits that F. de J. cannot be held accountable for her actions on 1 April. Nevertheless, the prosecution also said there was a large chance the women would commit a repeat offence.
The defendant, identified as an Enschede lawyer, said she committed the offence to gain attention to her personal situation. De J. claimed that she had been bugged for several months and was being followed, news agency ANP reported.
It was also revealed in court on Monday — the second day of the trial — that the woman had initially planned to drive to Rotterdam. But she took a wrong turn and ended up in The Hague.
She wanted to attack a wealthy person and drove to the hotel Des Indes, a well known gathering spot for highfliers. But seeing Van Aartsen, the woman thought the MP would also make a suitable target and decided to run him down.
De J. — who had sent emails to current affairs programme Nova warning of a murder and voicing her opposition to "the way the Dutch population was being treated" — denied she had intended to kill the victims. She admitted: "It was not very smart what I did".
The attack sent ripples of concern through the Netherlands, particularly in light of the assassination of anti-immigrant politician Pim Fortuyn in May 2002. His killer, Volkert van der Graaf, is serving an 18-year jail term.
The court will hand down its ruling on 25 October.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch News