Dutch tram terrorist is sentenced to life in prison for gun rampage that killed four but is kept out of court due to coronavirus restrictions
Gokmen Tanis, 38, shot four people dead on a tram in Utrech in March last year. He was found guilty of murder with terrorist intent and sentenced to life in jail.
During the trial he had to be removed from court after spitting at his own lawyer. He was not brought to court on Friday to help prevent spread of coronavirus
Judge Ruud van Veldhuisen condemned the cold-blooded attack, but Tanis was not in court to hear his remarks after being kept away due to precautions around spreading coronavirus.
Tanis shot four people on the tram itself – three of whom later died – and then opened fire on a car driver as he fled the scene near Utrecht central station.
Tanis shot four people on the tram itself – three of whom later died – and then opened fire on a car driver as he fled the scene near Utrecht central station
Tanis had routinely disrupted proceedings, including spitting at his own defence lawyer on the opening day.
Tanis then got off the tram and shot another person sitting behind the wheel of a car before fleeing.
Several people reported hearing Tanis shouting Allahu Akbar as he fired the shots, while he also left behind a note in a stolen car which said I’m doing this for my belief. You are killing Muslims. You want to take our belief away from us, but it wonâ€™t work.
Five people were injured in total, four of whom later died of their wounds.