No more psychiatric treatment for Pim Fortuyn's killer: court

Volkert van der G.
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Volkert van der Graaf no longer has to undergo psychiatric treatment, the court iin The Hague ruled on Tuesday. According to the court, Van der Graaf does not have any psychiatric problems to be treated, ANP reports.

Van der Graaf was convicted of murdering politician Pim Fortuyn in May 2002 and sentenced to 18 years in prison. In May 2014 he was released from prison after serving two thirds of his sentence. His release was dependent on a number of conditions, one of which was that he received compulsory psychiatric treatment.

But according to his lawyer, Willem Jebbink, psychiatric treatment in unnecessary given that Van Graaf does not have any psychiatric problems. According to the court, Van der Graaf's psychiatrist also believes that "further psychiatric treatment does not make sense."

The Public Prosecutor appealed, but without success.

Van der Graaf does have some conditions left that he needs to adhere to, including a weekly visit to the probation service. He is also not allowed to visit any of the home towns or cities of Fortuyn's relatives, including Rotterdam, Hilversum and The Hague. And he is not allowed to have any contact with the relatives or the press.

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