In a show of common sense and tremendous empathy, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, has given the parents of the Sierre bus crash victims a glimmer of hope in seeking answers as to the medication the bus driver may have been taking or withdrawing from at the time he deliberately crashed a Top Tours bus into a tunnel wall in Sierre back in 2012.
An independent investigation into the crash, carried out by Independent Forensic Services (IFS), showed that the driver, Geert Michiels, made two clear movements seconds before the crash, consciously and with the intention of running the bus into the wall of the tunnel. A previous autopsy also revealed traces of paroxetine in the system, paroxetine is the generic name of Seroxat, also known as Paxil.
Two photos, taken from a CCTV camera situated in the tunnel show that Michiels mouted a small pavement and deliberately crashed the bus into a wall - at no time did he apply the brakes or make any attempt to steer the bus away from the oncoming wall. (Fig 1 and 2)
A letter sent to Rutte last week from one of the parents, Olga Leclercq, had urged the Dutch PM to intervene with regard to a request made for blood samples of Michiels to be released. The letter stated that the blood samples could be analysed to see if Michiels had a pre-disposition to Seroxat which may have led to the side effects of the drug causing akathisia, which is a known pre-cursor to suicide and acts of violence, including homicide. Basically his DNA will show whether he had a common genetic defect that made him more susceptible to the dangerous side effects of Seroxat.
It's a bold move from the Dutch Prime Minister and one that should be applauded.
Emails to both the British drug regulator, the MHRA, and the European drug regulator, the EMA, have fallen on deaf ears and both have, more or less, washed their hands of the Seroxat link in this crash - their excuse, as one would expect from these limp-wristed outfits, was that Glaxo have a monitring system in place to pick up on suspect adverse drug reactions when mentioned in the media. To date, GlaxoSmithKline, who market and manufacture Seroxat, have made no attempt to contact Douglas de Coninck, the author of the book, 'De busramp in Sierre: 1 Pill, 28 Dead'. The book highlights many facts regarding the state of mind of Michiels and the medication (Seroxat) that he was taking.
One has to praise the tenacity of Olga Leclercq here. She lost her beautiful daughter, Eline (pictured above), in the crash and Olga has since been campaigning to get to the truth. The official investigation was inconclusive, leaving Olga and the parents of 21 other children in limbo.
Here's the letter from Mark Rutte to Olga - (Translated into English)
Dear Mrs, Leclercq,
Thank you for your Letter dd 1st of Oktober, In which you ask attention for the investigation concerning the bus crash in Sierre.
The horrible disaster of the 13th of March 2012 is for me, and also for many people in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland, a very black memory.
The suffering of the parents and other next of kin is of course on a completely different level.
I understand very clearly, how important it is for them, that everything needs to be done to bring the cause of this crash to light.
The Ministry of foreign affairs has, in response to your letter, declared to be happy to see how the Swiss authorities can be contacted in order to request them to release a blood sample, in order to make research possible.
As I understand, you were in touch with Mrs REDACTED and Mrs REDACTED before.
They are also in this case the contacts.
They will contact you directly as soon as they have more information about the possible steps to take.
I realise that I cannot guarantee that these efforts will have the desired results.
However, I find it of great importance to do everything within the possibilities to find the cause of the crash.
I would like to wish you, and through you all next of kin, a lot of strength.
Best Regards, -
It's evident that Mr. Rutte has something that employees of the MHRA, the EMA and, indeed, GlaxoSmithKline, don't have.
Employees of all three, especially the executives, should today be hanging their heads in shame. Experience, however, tells me that they don't even know the meaning of the word.
It really is high time that this drug was pulled from the shelves given the amount of destruction it has caused since it was first licensed. Suicide, homicide, severe withdrawal, self-harm and birth defects - it's a no-brainer yet regulators much prefer to bury their heads in the sand regarding the safety of Seroxat. It's ignorant and, dare I say it, very cowardly.
It's also incumbent of us all to spread the truth about how antidepressants like Seroxat can cause this condition known as akathisia - it's been kept in the dark for far too long. Men, women and children are dying as a result of its suppression by pharmaceutical companies and global regulators. Plane crashes, bus crashes where the operator of the vehicle suffers akathisia as a result of the medication he/she has been taking ~ Do you, as a parent, really want to send your child off on a school trip not knowing if you'll ever see them again? Ask questions, demand answers - become a pain in the ass - you may just save some lives.
On behalf of truth seekers everywhere I thank Mark Rutte for offering the parents of the Sierre tragedy some hope.
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