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.

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 has been writing for publications including NRC Handelsblad. He used his knowledge of security services and law to sue government agencies, and would set up an organisation called Werkgroep Klachten Politieoptreden that denounced police and judicial actions.[2]

On 15 November 2005 he was murdered, aged 41, in the city 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 Marcel Teunissen according to the Spanish police, had confessed to the murder. The murderer and victim knew each other from the squatting movement.[3] The following day, it was revealed that revenge might have been the motive for the murder.[4] 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. ^ "De Grote Broek". Volksbelang van 1895. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070930230225/http://www.nos.nl/nosjournaal/artikelen/2005/11/16/161105_seveke_actievoerder.html
  3. ^ "Rotterdammer bekent moord Sévèke" (in Dutch). nu.nl. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  4. ^ "Wraak was motief voor moord op Sévèke" (in Dutch). nu.nl. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  • Het Laatste Nieuws over Sévèke[1]