Next of kin of the victims of the quadruple murder in a grow shop in Enschede pleaded in the court in Almelo on Wednesday afternoon for lengthy sentences for the perpetrators. At the presentation of the victims statements, only the three main suspects from Serbia were present; the Brabant co-defendants were represented by their lawyers during this afternoons criminal trial.
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I have lost the most important man in my life, said the son of the dead victim Max Klaassen (62) from Arnhem. Klaassen was in the grow shop at the time of the murders to deliver his merchandise. I dont understand how people go out and kill innocent people, his son said. Life has become survival. Every day now I drive more than two hours to Enschede to work, because I can no longer live there. On the way I think about what happened. Not five minutes go by or I am reminded of it
Max Klaassens widow also addressed the suspects. Max fell victim to a conflict in which he was not involved at all. You chose pure self-interest with all its irreversible consequences, she said. She particularly resents the accused for invoking their right to remain silent, leaving the next of kin with many unanswered questions and disappointed at every court hearing. I have had a twist in my stomach for 673 days. Every night I cant sleep because of sorrow, anger and worry Her youngest son, who is physically handicapped, spoke through an audio connection. He stressed, like his mother and brother, that only the highest possible punishment is likely to give a sense of justice
The suspects Camil A (59) and his sons Dejan (33) and Denis reacted briefly to the victim statements. I sympathise with their pain, Camil A said. But me and my children have absolutely nothing to do with this case. I understand their pain and grief, but as long as the real truth doesnt come out, they have to be patient His son Denis added: We are totally innocent, the truth will hopefully come out
The father of the victim Maijkel Akfidan from Hengelo pleaded for life imprisonment: No punishment will help us, but a low punishment will increase our pain. These murderous barbarians deserve the bullet they fired themselves. The death penalty cannot be imposed here, which is why I ask that you be sentenced to life imprisonment
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