Convicted murderer takes supervised leave

26th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

A man who shot six people dead outside a cafe in Delft given supervised leave despite life sentence.

Utrecht – A convicted murderer serving a life sentence has repeatedly been allowed out of jail on supervised leave, the Justice Ministry has confirmed.

Cevdet Yilmaz was sentenced to life for the shooting deaths of six people, including a 12-year-old girl, in a Delft café near the central train station in 1983.

While convicts sentenced to life are generally not allowed to leave prison grounds, Yilmaz was transferred to the Van der Hoeven Clinic, a psychiatric facility, after a mental examination ruled him  'unfit for detention' in 1999, according to Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf.

Convicts who are ordered to serve their term in such a clinic are entitled to regular supervised leave.

Yilmaz was first given leave in 2006. A year later the Justice Ministry attempted to withdraw his leave privileges, but he successfully appealed.

He has since started a family, and has a wife and child outside the prison.

The clinic has assured the justice ministry that Yilmaz never goes out alone.

The ministry will again consider what action to take in the Yilmaz case following the release of a policy paper regarding prisoners with life term sentences, reports de Telegraaf.

A decision is expected by the end of 2009.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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