aalst - The relatives of the victims of the Bende van Nijvel want a Dutch cold case expert to investigate the murders. That says the lawyer of one of the survivors, Het Nieuwsblad reports.
' We are going to submit a petition to the examining magistrate next week to appoint Professor Peter van Koppen as expert '', says lawyer Johan Heymans. According to Heymans, the legal psychologist is renowned in the Netherlands and willing to take on the task. ' We hope he can find the perpetrators. Van Koppen is a down-to-earth Dutchman. Someone who is not cramped when you drop the word gendarmerie. ''
The raids of the Gang of Nijvel demanded 28 lives. The perpetrators were never found. Christiaan B., a former gendarmerie, has confessed on his deathbed that he was the gang member 'the giant'. 'The giant' would have led the raids carried out in military style.
Van Koppen dissolved in the Netherlands, among others, the Schiedammer Park murder. He showed that OM and court were wandering and that the wrong man was convicted.