Netherlands: Local political activist shot dead in Nijmegen

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Report from: Buro Jansen & Janssen

"Local political activist Louis Seveke was shot dead in Nijmegen on Tuesday night, his friends and the police have confirmed.

Seveke, 41, was walking on the Van Welderenstraat in the city at about 9.30pm when the killer approached and shot him twice.

The police have declined to speculate on a possible motive for the murder or whether it was premeditated. Forensic experts carried out a technical investigation at the scene of the murder to search for clues. Detectives are looking for witnesses.

Seveke was a left-wing activist who was known for at least 20 years in Nijmegen as a campaigner against alleged abuse of power by the police.

He established the Steunpunt Informatiedienst Politie Nijmegen (SIP Nijmegen), which took numerous legal cases against the security service BVD (now AIVD) for maintaining files on political activists.

Many people were granted access in the 1990s to the files compiled on them thanks in part to campaigning by SIP Nijmegen.

Seveke also led the Werkgroep Klachten Politieoptreden (WKP), a working group that lobbied against unfair treatment of people arrested by the police. The WKP was in the national news recently for supporting people arrested for refusing to carry official identification.

News agency ANP reported that Seveke regularly visited the live-in activist centre 'De Grote Broek'. The police have carried out raids at this building and other activist centres in Nijmegen in recent days to remove posters criticising the tough policies of Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk.

Seveke's shocked friends and associates held gatherings in three locations in Nijmegen on Tuesday night after hearing about the murder."

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Filed 18 November 2005

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