Alphen shooting - relatives go to court

26th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

A group of 20 relatives of the victims of the April shooting in Alphen aan den Rijn is going to court to get the Dutch state declared responsible for their suffering.

They argue that there were insufficient grounds for issuing a weapons licence to Tristan van der Vlis, who ran amok in a shopping centre gunning down six people and then shooting himself.

The investigation into the bloodbath showed that the police made a mistake in issuing the permit. They already had a memo referring to his involuntary admission to a mental health institution in 2006. The head of the Alphen aan den Rijn police force called it “a serious error”.

Dutch daily reports that the witnesses the lawyer plans to call include the police chief, Van der Vlis’ parents, the chairman of the gun club he was a member of and the director of the regional mental health authority.

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