By Associated Press,
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government is discussing compensation for relatives of men executed by Dutch forces in a notorious 1947 massacre during Indonesia’s battle for independence.
A Dutch court ruled in September the state was responsible for the massacre in the village of Rawagedeh on Java island in which up to 430 men were rounded up and shot. The court ordered the government to pay compensation.
The landmark ruling was the first time the Dutch government has been held responsible by a court for the massacre in its former colony.
The Dutch government said it has held preliminary talks with the relatives’ lawyer “about the possibility of reaching a settlement.” The victims’ lawyer, Liesbeth Zegveld, welcomed the talks and said she hopes to reach a conclusion soon.