Today, Malik Lambogo summoned the Dutch State to court in connection with the summary execution of his father Andi Abubakar Lambogo by the Dutch army on South-Sulawesi in 1947. Aside from the execution, the Dutch army also mutilated his corpse by decapitation. The body was also violated: the severed head was put on display at the market of the village of Enrekang and the Dutch army forced the captured soldiers of Andi Abubakar Lambogo to kiss that severed head.
Malik Lambogo is the first ‘child’ that is filing suit against the Dutch State since the district court of The Hague rendered an interlocutory verdict in 2015 in which it held that the State cannot invoke the statute of limitations with regard to claims filed by children of men it summarily executed in the former Dutch East-Indies. In this interlocutory verdict, the district court of The Hague builds upon the verdict rendered in the case Rawagedeh, in which it was determined that the statute of limitations does not apply with regard to claims for damages by widows of summarily executed men, and survivors of such bloodbaths.
The State has been summoned to appear in court on 4 January 2016.
Annex (in Dutch)
- M. van Pagee, ‘Malik wil excuses voor de onthoofding van zijn vader’, NRC Handelsblad | 21 May 2016