Cases must be retried from the beginning
8 November 2007, DEN BOSCH – 11 court cases in which an unqualified judge of the lower court in Den Bosch pronounced a final verdict must be retried all over again, the appeal court in Den Bosch decided on Thursday.
8 November 2007
DEN BOSCH – 11 court cases in which an unqualified judge of the lower court in Den Bosch pronounced a final verdict must be retried all over again, the appeal court in Den Bosch decided on Thursday.
Five suspects in prison on the basis of the verdicts will not be released, the appeal court also decided. The appeal court annulled all 11 verdicts that had been made in the presence of the unqualified judge. The cases will once again be heard in Den Bosch because the appeal court found that the suspects have a right to a retrial.
The annulment of the verdicts will not lead to the release of the five suspects. The appeal court decided that they can be held for at least another 30 days. The justice department will be given the time to put the cases before the lower court once again.
One setback for the justice department was the appeal court's decision on the appeal that had been lodged too late in the case against a 42-year-old man from Bakel, who was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison and mandatory psychiatric treatment for sexually abusing six foster children. The appeal court said that the situation with the unqualified judge was no reason to allow the appeal by the justice department, which had been filed too late.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news