Netherlands: Perpetrator of Utrecht allegedly shot at tram passengers

Four years ago, four people were killed in the terrorist attack in a tram in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and several were seriously injured. Now the alleged perpetrator has to answer in court. The Dutchman Gökmen T. is charged with fourfold murder and multiple attempted murder with a "terrorist motive". T. had "targeted" the passengers, said the prosecutor.

The 38-year-old has confessed to the act. The accused now faces a life sentence. According to a psychiatric report, he should only be able to work to a limited extent. The alleged perpetrator said in a letter: "I am doing this for my faith, you are killing Muslims and wanting to take our faith away from us, but it will not succeed." The accused laughed several times at the reading of the testimony: in the morning of March 18, 2019, the convicted T. opened fire on the passengers in a tram. The indictment showed a reconstruction of the crime on the basis of camera images and testimony. Accordingly, T. had shot several times and targeted victims. Passengers had jumped out of a broken window in a panic. T. also shot victims lying on the ground outside the train, according to the indictment.

The offender had initially fled, but could still be caught at night. Public life in the Dutch city was paralyzed for hours. The trial is expected to last until Friday, with the verdict to be pronounced on March 20.
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