Vegan streaker held in custody

23rd July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch animal rights activist suspected for planning an attack on the queen will remain in dentition till Sunday.

The Hague – A Dutch animal rights activist arrested for allegedly planning an attack on Queen Beatrix will remain in detention until Sunday, the prosecution service said Wednesday.

"His preliminary detention was prolonged by three days in the interests of the investigation," prosecution spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP.

A suspect can be held for three days in the Netherlands before being brought before a judge.

Peter Janssen, 24, known as the "vegan streaker" in the Netherlands, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of planning an attack on Queen Beatrix in April which left seven people. Media reports said he planned to attack the queen because she was often spotted wearing fur in public.

Also held for possessing a firearm, Janssen has denied the allegation through his lawyer Gerard Spong.

The activist is known in the Netherlands for having streaked at large sporting events such as ABN Amro tennis tournament and the Tilburg Ten Mile road race. In 2008, he also interrupted a live television show wearing nothing but a thong to draw attention to animal suffering.

In June, a district court in the western port city of Rotterdam lifted Janssen's detention pending trial for freeing 2,500 minks from a farm in the south-west of the country as he had to care for his sick mother.

In April, seven bystanders died when a man who later said he was targeting the queen ploughed his car into festival-goers in Apeldoorn, narrowly missing an open top bus transporting the royals before ramming into the foot of a monument.

Far right Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was assassinated by an animal rights activist in 2002.

AFP / Expatica

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