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    Seven young South Moluccan guerrillas went on trial in Assen on Wednesday (10 March) on charges connected with the shooting dead of a train driver and two hostages when 23 passengers were held at gunpoint for 12 days in Holland last December.

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    Seven young South Moluccan guerrillas went on trial in Assen on Wednesday (10 March) on charges connected with the shooting dead of a train driver and two hostages when 23 passengers were held at gunpoint for 12 days in Holland last December.

    The Moluccans, who are alleged to have seized the train on a lonely stretch of track at the beginning of December outside Beilen, are charged jointly with the murder of one of the passengers.

    All seven face charges of illegal deprivation of liberty resulting in the death of the train driver, and the illegal possession of firearms.

    The prosecution is alleging that the driver, seriously wounded when the Moluccans stormed his cabin, was later shot in the head.

    The seven defendants all come from a Moluccan settlement in the nearby town of Bovensmilde.

    They surrendered to hundreds of police and troops at the end of the 12-day siege during which the Dutch government refused their demands for Holland's help in securing independence for their South Moluccan homeland in the Pacific.

    The cluster of Moluccan islands were taken over by Indonesia when Holland granted it independence in 1949.

    SYNOPSIS: There was tight security in Assen, Holland, on Wednesday as seven young South moluccan guerrillas went on trial. They are charged in connection with the shooting dead of a train driver and two hostages in December when 23 passengers were held at gunpoint for 12 days.

    A crowd of demonstrators sympathising with the accused is expected to take up positions around the courthouse during the three days of the trial. The prosecution is alleging that the driver of the train, seriously wounded when the Moluccans stormed his cabin was later shot in the head.

    The seven defendants all come from a Moluccan settlement in the nearby town of Bovensmilde. They surrendered to police and troops at the end of the 12-day siege during which the government refused their demands for Holland's help in securing independence from Indonesia for their South Moluccan homeland in the pacific. The three-man bench is expected to deliver its verdict two weeks after the trial.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA872XJH2I3Y4GEPL7N3S8L6O2F
    Media URN:
    VLVA872XJH2I3Y4GEPL7N3S8L6O2F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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