Claims re: Moluccan train hijacking (1977) not time-barred; court orders further investigation
Amsterdam, 1 February 2017 - In an interlocutory verdict, the District Court of The Hague held that the claims filed against the Dutch State on behalf of the surviging relatives of Max Papilaja and Hansina Uktolseja are not time-barred. This in part because in previous years, the State misled the surviving relatives about the circumstances under which the South Moluccan youth were killed. The court has als ordered further investigation into the facts: according to the court the current case file contains insufficient information to determine whether Max Papilaja and Hansina Uktolseja were killed in a lawful or unlawful manner. As such, the court will call marines who were involved in the operation to end the 1977-train hijacking to testify.
The interlocutory verdict is available here (in Dutch).
- De Volkskrant: 'Rechtbank: onderste steen treinkaping De Punt moet boven' (1 February 2017)
- Train hijacking ‘De Punt’: surviving relatives and a survivor hold the State liable
- Surviving relatives of of executed Moluccan train hijackers summon the Dutch State to court re: 'De Punt’
- 4 November 2016: evidentiary hearing re: executions by State during ending of train hijacking at 'De Punt' in 1977
Re: the wish of the State of the Netherlands that, by way of exception, it is allowed to file an appeal against its interlocutory verdict of 1 February 2017, see (in Dutch):
- Algemeen Dagblad: 'Staat houdt voet bij stuk: treinkaping De Punt wél verjaard' (10 March 2017)