Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Peace protestor confesses to murder

The AP reports:
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A U.S. citizen has confessed to using an axe to kill a Dutch student after failing to find a soldier to attack, his lawyer said Tuesday. ....

[Defence lawyer Peter] Gremmen said [suspect] Hartmann wanted to punish the Netherlands for its support of the war in Iraq....

"He hates soldiers, and says that the army kills people, so it would be legitimate if he were also to kill someone . . . from the American military - or from its NATO allies," Gremmen said in a telephone interview.

When he failed to find a soldier at the Roosendaal train station, "he got such a crazy, disturbed idea that he killed a civilian," Gremmen said.

Previous posts on violent anti-war protesters are here and here.

UPDATE (July 2008): Hartmann has been sentenced to 15-years for this murder.

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