Lawyer Slain Indonesians kin want Dutch apology

center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home It is not the first time Zegveld has represented widows and children of alleged massacres in Indonesia. Last year, she won a landmark case that prompted the government to apologize and compensate a group of widows.Zegveld cited a Dutch commission of inquiry that in 1954 concluded that Dutch authorities “adopted the way of extra-statutory trial and execution” to stamp out the rebellion.The full report of the commission was not immediately available. However, Dutch media have reported on such killings before.No Dutch troops have ever been prosecuted in any of the alleged massacres, Zegveld said.The foreign ministry confirmed it had received Zegveld’s letter and said in a statement it was studying the claim.In her letter, Zegveld alleges that one of the massacres took place in the village of Galung Lombok on Feb. 1, 1947. The letter claims that Dutch forces entered the village in the morning, ordered residents from their homes and then torched the houses before executing 364 people.One of Zegveld’s clients, Asia Sitti, was the daughter of the village elder and witnessed the killings. Sitti was 12 years old when her father was shot in front of her, Zegveld claimed. Comments   Share   last_img

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