From 25 September 2017 through 4 October 2017, a total of 11 retired marines were examined as witnesses by the District Court of The Hague, regarding the violent ending of the Moluccan train hijacking near De Punt (Drenthe, the Netherlands) on 11 June 1977. The case concerns the death of two of the South-Moluccan hijackers, Hansina Uktolseja and Max Papilaja. Their surviving relatives say the two were executed and hold the Dutch State liable. The surviving relatives had requested that the retired marines be called as witnesses.

The surviving relatives are represented by lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld and Brechtje Vossenberg.


On 23 May 1977 a group of South-Moluccan youth hijacked a train in the Dutch province of Drenthe. On 11 June 1977 the hijacking was ended by use of force. The train was first fired upon by long-range shooters over the course of several minutes, after which five Attack Groups entered the train in order to secure it. The retired marines that have now been heard as witnesses were part of Attack Groups 2 and 5, who subsequently shot and killed hijackers Hansina Uktolseja and Max Papilaja.

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