Yesterday at the district court of The Hague, oral arguments were presented in the case concerning the Moluccan Train Hijacking (De Punt, 1977). The case was initiated against the State of the Netherlands by surviving relatives of train hijackers Hansina Uktolseja and Max Papilaja. The surviving relatives are represented by lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld and Brechtje Vossenberg.
Read an article that was published in today's edition of the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad here.
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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