Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Dutch top court rules police are liable in deadly mall attack

Police in the Netherlands have been held to account after they granted the shooter a gun permit

Police in Holland are liable for damages from victims involved in a mall shooting. 
Police in Holland are liable for damages from victims involved in a mall shooting. 

The highest court in the Netherlands has ruled that its police force is liable for damages suffered by victims of a deadly shooting in a shopping mall.

It comes after police granted a weapons permit to the shooter despite him having a history of mental illness.

On Friday the Supreme Court up held a ruling from the country's lower that the police were wrong to issue a gun license to Tristan van der Vlis because he was known to have psychological problems.

Van der Vlis shot and killed six people and injured 17 more at a shopping center in Alphen aan den Rijn on April 9, 2011, before killing himself.

In a statement the police said that the ruling "has possible consequences for how police will handle applications for weapons permits in the future".

Since the incident people applying to own a gun must undergo psychological testing and provide three references.

The number of legal weapons in the Netherlands fell to 197,357 last year – the lowest total in 12 years.

Updated: September 20, 2019 06:16 PM

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