A 38-year-old man from Rotterdam has confessed to the murder 18 months ago of left-wing activist Louis Sévèke, public prosecutor Remco van Tooren told a news conference in Nijmegen on Wednesday afternoon. The man was arrested in an internet café in Barcelona on March 16 and extradited to the Netherlands, van Tooren said.
A number of interernational arrest warrants were out for the man who is also wanted for his role in armed robberies in Noord-Brabant, Utrecht and Zeeland.
The Dutch investigation into the murder was completed with the aid of Spanish and Belgian officials. US experts were also involved in the internet investigations, van Tooren said.
The man will appear in court on Friday. Family and friends are said to be very surprised by the arrest.
Police said he may have met Sévèke, 41, when they were both involved in the squatters movement in the 1990s, NOS TV reported.
Sévèke was shot at 9pm on a street in Nijmegen on November 15, 2005 in full view of dozens of witnesses. Several reported seeing a bald man with a sports bag running away from the scene. But despite police reconstructions and several TV appeals, the case appeared to have gone cold.
Sévèke was was well-known in left wing and squatter circles and a variety of reasons have been put forward for the shooting. Some suggest it may have been connected to his research into the secret service.
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