'Disturbed ' Syrian national arrested for Maastricht stabbings

‘Disturbed ‘ Syrian national arrested for Maastricht stabbings

A 37-year-old Syrian national has been arrested in connection with two murders in Maastricht on Thursday night, police said on Friday. Earlier there had been talk of two arrests but police said only one man has been taken into custody. Police have also said there was no terrorist motive to the attacks in which a man and woman died and three others, including the suspect, were injured. 'Our research has shown there is no reason at all to suggest these incidents had a terrorist motive,' a spokesman told the Telegraaf. Neighbours say the victims appear to be a man and a woman who were members of the same Syrian family but did not live together, the paper said. The first stabbing took place after fight at around 9pm in the Botsaartsstraat, with the second several minutes later in the nearby Joseph Postnessstraat. The suspect was arrested in a nearby mosque a short while later. Although the suspect is not seriously injured, police have not been able to question him, news agency ANP said. Justice minister Ferdinand Grapperhuis described him as a 'seriously disturbed' individual. The Telegraaf said neighbours claim the man who died had been physically abusive to the woman who died and her children for years and that she had fled to a shelter for battered women for a time. The murders would appear to be some sort of revenge killing, the paper said.  More >



Israeli restaurant lawyer under fire

‘Disturbed ‘ Syrian national arrested for Maastricht stabbings The public prosecution department is planning to file a complaint against the lawyer representing the Israeli restaurant attacked by a Palestinian man last week for breaking confidentiality rules. Herman Loonstein, who represents the owner of the Hacarmel restaurant in Amsterdam should not have disclosed information from the criminal file of the man who smashed the windows of the restaurant last week, the department said. Loonstein issued a press release on Wednesday in which he described the Syrian as a ‘diehard terrorist’ and condemning the decision to release him from custody after two days. In his press statement Loonstein referred to passages from the criminal investigation report in which the perpetrator said he used to be a member of a Palestinian resistance movement and that he had taken part in the armed struggle in Syria. The man had also reportedly said he was ‘willing to use more violence in the future to achieve his goals’ and ‘he did not mind dying for his goal’. Code of conduct The public prosecution department says Loonstein should never have disclosed the information and that he had breached the code of conduct by going public. The public prosecutor said it had released the man from custody because he is only facing charges of theft and criminal damage, which did not allow him to be kept in a cell any longer. That decision has been condemned by Jewish groups and pro-Israel supporters who say the man should be facing terrorism charges. The suspect's lawyer says there was no question of anti-semitism in the attack and that his client attacked the restaurant ‘to draw attention to the situation of the Palestinians’.   More >


No terror motive in Maastricht stabbings

‘Disturbed ‘ Syrian national arrested for Maastricht stabbings There was no terrorist motive in Thursday night's stabbing incidents in Maastricht which left two people dead and three injured, police said on Friday. 'Our research has shown there is no reason at all to suggest these incidents had a terrorist motive,' a spokesman told the Telegraaf. Neighbours say the victims appear to be a man and a woman who were members of the same Syrian family but did not live together, the paper said. The first stabbing took place after fight at around 9pm in the Botsaartsstraat, with the second several minutes later in the nearby Joseph Postnessstraat. But there is still no clear picture about what happened. The Telegraaf says two people have been arrested in connection with the stabbings, one of whom was picked up near a mosque covered with blood and with a knife.  More >


Second body exhumed in insulin probe

‘Disturbed ‘ Syrian national arrested for Maastricht stabbings A second body has been exhumed in the investigation into a nursing home assistant suspected of killing several patients with insulin, the AD said on Thursday. Part of the cemetery in Heerjansdam has been screened off and a forensic team are at the location, the paper said. The exhumation follows the arrest of a 21-year-old man from Rotterdam on November 17 in connection with a suspicious death at a nursing home near the city. Since then the investigation has widened and the man is now suspected of killing two more elderly patients. Four other suspicious deaths are under investigation as are six cases in which the patient survived. The investigation began after a woman at a nursing home in Binnenmaas became unexpectedly unwell. She was taken to hospital, where medical staff said they suspected she had been given a dose of insulin. Nursing home officials then called in the police. She survived the incident but investigators identified two other suspicious incidents involving the suspect. In one case, at the same nursing home in Binnenmaas, a nursing home resident died. In the other case, in Rotterdam, a female patient also became unwell.  More >


More young teens arrested for murder

‘Disturbed ‘ Syrian national arrested for Maastricht stabbings The arrest of two 15-year-old boys in Almere for the murder of a classmate earlier this week brings the total number of 16-and-under boys facing murder charges this year to six, the Telegraaf said on Thursday. The latest incident took place on Tuesday evening when 15-year-old Shakil, described by his family as an 'ordinary teenager' was allegedly stabbed to death by the other two boys. Earlier this year, another 15-year-old stabbed a 16-year-old to death in a row over a drugs debt, said to be several hundred euros. He is due to appear in court soon. This summer, 14-year-old Brian N was arrested for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Romy from Hoevlaken and was given the maximum sentence for a juvenile - one year in detention to be followed by treatment in a secure psychiatric unit. A 16-year-old boy is also facing murder charges for the killing of 14-year-old Savannah Dekker, this summer. And in September, a 14-year-old was arrested for killing his parents in Katlijk in Friesland. He has admitted murder. The Telegraaf says every year seven or eight minors are arrested for murder in the Netherlands but that they are usually aged 16 and 17.  More >