Court frees wrongly convicted man after 15 years

21st March 2009, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch-Moroccan man who mistakenly spent fifteen years in a psychiatric clinic for convicts has been freed on the orders of a court in the southern city of Breda.

BREDA - The man had been convicted for attempted murder, and because he was medically diagnosed during the trial with suffering from a personality disorder, he was sentenced to long-term detention in the clinic.

The Pieter Baan Institute which is responsible for establishing the psychological condition of suspects recently repeated its check of the 65-year-old convict, who turned out not to suffer from any disorder at all.

The man's lawyer says the Dutch legal system is not taking sufficient account of suspects' cultural background.

This occasionally leads to incorrect interpretations of the behaviour of suspects, the lawyer says.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice says the original verdict will be taken into revision, and Deputy Minister of Justice Nebahat Albayrak will report to the Lower House about the matter.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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