Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner recently told Expatica News that Pim Fortuyn’s assassin is not a suspect in the 1996 murder of an environmental official.
After animal rights activist Volkert van der Graaf, 34, was arrested for the assassination of Fortuyn in 2002, speculation in the media suggested he may have been involved in the 1996 murder of Chris van de Werken. The Populist List Pim Fortuyn party asked the Justice Minister to reopen the investigation into van de Werken’s death in light of Fortuyn’s murder.
Van der Werken was responsible for farm inspections and had clashed with van der Graaf over the former’s inspections. Moreover, Van der Werken was killed in a similar manner as Fortuyn — shot at short range with a small caliber handgun loaded with silver-tip hollow-point bullets. Van der Graaf was interviewed by police after Van der Werken’s murder, but was never a suspect in the case.
Donner rejected the call to re-open the van der Werken investigation, saying that since the case had never been closed there was no need to reopen. Donner also said that van der Graaf is not considered a suspect in the earlier murder.
Pim killer ‘innocent’ of second murder. Expatica.Com, August 15, 2003.