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Families sue Dutch state over 'execution' of train hijackers

Families suing Dutch state over 'execution' of 2 Moluccan train hijackers in 1977

Families sue Dutch state over 'execution' of train hijackers

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The families of two hijackers killed when Dutch forces stormed a train seized by Moluccan extremists in 1977 are suing the government, claiming the hijackers were "executed" by marines when they could have been arrested.

The civil case filed Monday harks back to the hijacking nearly 40 years ago in the northeastern Netherlands by members of the Moluccan community angry at what they saw as their betrayal by the Dutch government after former colony Indonesia was granted independence.

The 20-day ordeal for dozens of passengers ended when marines stormed the train, killing six hijackers. Two hostages also died.

Citing autopsy reports, lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld says that two hostage takers, Max Papilaja and Hansina Uktolseja, were wounded during the storming and could have been arrested but instead were fatally shot.

Updated : 2021-09-18 14:04 GMT+08:00