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.

On 15 November 2005 he was murdered, aged 41, in the town centre of Nijmegen. 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.

On 28 March 2007 the public prosecutor on the case revealed that a 38-year-old man from Rotterdam, named Martinus Hendrikus Teunissen according to the Spanish police, had confessed to the murder. The murderer and victim knew each other from the squatting movement.[1] The following day, it was revealed that revenge might have been the motive for the murder.[2] 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.

On 7 March 2008 Teunissen was convicted of the murder of Sévèke, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.


  1. ^ "Rotterdammer bekent moord Sévèke" (in Dutch). nu.nl. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  2. ^ "Wraak was motief voor moord op Sévèke" (in Dutch). nu.nl. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  • Het Laatste Nieuws over Sévèke[1]