Three new witnesses came forward in the trial around the hijacking of a train at De Punt in 1977. The three new witnesses, former officers, say that soldiers who stormed the hijacked train were ordered not to take the Moluccan hijackers prisoner, but to shoot and kill them, the Volkskrant reports.
Marine soldiers involved in the storing of a hijacked train at De Punt in 1977 will have to be questioned as witnesses, the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday. According to the court, it has insufficient information to judge whether two of the hijackers were intentionally killed by soldiers. Which is why the court needs to hear more from other soldiers who were involved, NU.nl reports.
Three commanders of the marines involved in ending a train hijacking at De Punt in 1977, finally decided to break their silence and speak out against the controversy around the hijacking. In an interview with the Telegraaf they say that they find the past years' criticism on the action "disgusting" and that the soldiers acted according to the rules in ending the hijacking. The Telegraaf will publish the full interview on Saturday.
Soldiers deployed to end the 20 day long hostage situation after Moluccans hijacked a train at De Punt in 1977, were told that the Moluccans must not leave the train alive, the lawyer of one of the soldiers said to broadcaster NOS.