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Dutch Alphen mall shooting report to be made public


10:35, December 07, 2012

THE HAGUE, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- A report by Dutch police on a mall shooting in Alphen aan den Rijn last year will be made public, Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten said on Thursday in response to the threat of a lawsuit.

In April 2011, Tristan van der Vlis shot six people in a shopping mall before killing himself. The police concluded in its investigation that they had made mistakes. Survivors and victims were angry because they were not allowed to see the report.

Relatives and victims of the shooting on Thursday announced they would slap a lawsuit to have access to the report. Their questions included how the perpetrator got a gun license when it was known he had mental problems.

Opstelten said in parliament that a summary of the results was already made public.

"There is nothing to hide," the minister said during a debate. "We want maximum transparency. Victims have the absolute right to know what happened," he added.

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