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Criminal case against two conspiracy theorists next month

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The substantive handling of the criminal case against the two conspiracy thinkers Wouter Raatgever (54) and Joost Knevel (44) will start on June 10. The court in The Hague has set aside two days for this. Sentencing demands are expected on the second day of the hearing on June 16. This became apparent on Wednesday during the last preliminary hearing where both suspects did not appear.

Knevel and Raatgever are suspected of incitement and (death) threats against RIVM director Jaap van Dissel, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and a doctor in Bodegraven.

At the end of this month, the public prosecutor expects the report from the Pieter Baan Center (PBC), where both suspects have been investigated. The PBC would consider the risk of recurrence to be great in Knevel’s case, he himself told his lawyer Peter Plasman. The PBC recommends a treatment.

Knevel, who grew up in Bodegraven, has become convinced that in his childhood he witnessed satanic infanticides and was abused by Van Dissel and the GP. His baseless story was embraced and further distributed in videos on the online platform Red Pill Journal, in which Knevel also participated. As a result of the internet broadcasts, dozens of conspiracy theorists came to the Bodegraven cemetery early last year to lay flowers on children’s graves.

Knevel was arrested in Spain in August last year and handed over to the Netherlands. Plasman made a unsuccessful request on Wednesday to suspend Knevel’s remand. Counsel said his client would like to prepare for the criminal case with his wife and children in Spain. Plasman: “My client’s conviction about what happened to him will remain. He says, ‘I’ve done wrong things because of this and I’m not doing this anymore’.”

The judge concludes that experts consider the risk of recurrence to be great and wants to await the experts’ reports on this. The court therefore decided that Knevel will remain in prison until his criminal trial.



Criminal case against two conspiracy theorists next month
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