Louis Sévèke

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Louis Sévèke

Jean Louis Bernhard Sévèke (Venray, 28 April 1964 – Nijmegen, 15 November 2005) was a Dutch radical left activist, journalist and writer. He was known for his legal action against the Police and the Dutch intelligence service. He was murdered by former comrade Marcel Teunissen in 2005.

Life[edit]

Sévèke lived in Nijmegen from 1984, and later stopped his studies to become a full-time activist, involved in several squatting movements. He lived at the Grote Broek.[1] In 1990 he authored a book about the intelligence, called De tragiek van een geheime dienst ('The tragedy of a secret service'), and he wrote for publications including Buro Jansen & Janssen,NRC Handelsblad and Vrij Nederland. He used his knowledge of security services and law to sue government agencies, and set up an organisation called Werkgroep Klachten Politieoptreden (Workgroup for complaints against acts of the police) that denounced police and judicial actions.[2]

Death[edit]

Grave of Louis Sévèke

Sévèke was shot dead, aged 41, in the city centre of Nijmegen on 15 November, 2005. Family and friends were baffled as to the identity of the murderer.[3] Since that time rumours of involvement of police or secret services have abounded. A year after the murder the police seemed to have made little headway. It has been suggested that the Dutch secret service (AIVD) had a 24/7 surveillance on Sévèke at the time of his murder; however, there were no signs of information coming from the secret service to the police.[citation needed]

Teunissen[edit]

On 28 March 2007 the public prosecutor on the case revealed that a 38-year-old man from Rotterdam, named Marcel Teunissen according to the Spanish police, had confessed to the murder. The murderer and victim knew each other from the squatting movement.[4] The following day, it was revealed that revenge might have been the motive for the murder.[5] Some people suggest that Sévèke suspected Teunissen to be an informant of the intelligence agency, and Teunissen had "sworn revenge" in his diary for being removed from the squatting scene because of that suspicion. Sévèke's family denies that Teunissen was removed from the scene but instead went away himself as a result of a discussion on taking money from houseowners for leaving. It was also suggested that the two men were linked since Sévèke had earlier helped Teunissen escape from prison.[6]

Teunissen was convicted of the murder of Sévèke in March 2008, and was sentenced to full life imprisonment.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "De Grote Broek". Volksbelang van 1895. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Louis Sévèke, 'een gedreven actievoerder'". NOS (in Dutch). 16 November 2005. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Verklaring familie en vrienden Sévèke". NOS (in Dutch). 16 November 2005. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2019. Wij hebben geen zicht op de toedracht van Louis’ dood, de reden of de dader. Wij wensen daarover ook niet te speculeren. Met vragen hierover kunt u zich tot Politie en Justitie richten, die een uitgebreid onderzoek gestart zijn.
  4. ^ "Rotterdammer bekent moord Sévèke" (in Dutch). nu.nl. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  5. ^ "Wraak was motief voor moord op Sévèke" (in Dutch). nu.nl. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  6. ^ "Sévèke beschermde eigen moordenaar". Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2019. Niet alleen wist Teunissen tien jaar geleden mede door toedoen van Sévèke aan de gevangenis te ontsnappen, ook duurde het mede door de geheimzinnigheid van Sévèkes eigen vrienden zolang voordat de moordenaar werd gepakt. Wat hebben ze toch te verbergen, die activisten?
  7. ^ "Moordenaar Sévèke vindt levenslange straf te zwaar". NU (in Dutch). 31 October 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2019. De voormalig kraker en crimineel zit een levenslange gevangenisstraf uit die hij in 2008 kreeg opgelegd. Naast de in 2005 gepleegde moord op de uit de kraakscene afkomstige Sévèke werd hij ook gestraft voor enkele andere feiten.

Further reading[edit]

  • Articles collected by Buro Jansen & Janssen about Sévèke's life and death (in Dutch)