Court orders review of murder trial
25 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a man sentenced to 18 years in jail for the murder of schoolgirl Nienke Kleiss should have his case reheard following new evidence indicating his innocence.
25 January 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a man sentenced to 18 years in jail for the murder of schoolgirl Nienke Kleiss should have his case reheard following new evidence indicating his innocence.
Both the public prosecutor and defence team had requested a reconsideration of the case, which will now be held in the appeals chamber of Amsterdam Court, news service NOS reported. It is not yet known when the hearing will be heard.
The man, identified only as B., was convicted and sentenced in 2002 in the appeals chamber of The Hague Court. He was released last December after another man confessed to the murder. New DNA evidence also indicates that B. is innocent of the girl's death.
A Vlaardingen man, W.H., who was arrested last July for another sex crime, confessed to police he killed Nienke, prompting police to re-open investigations. But a complaint was lodged against two police officers at the start of January claiming they forcibly coerced a confession from the new suspect.
Nienke, 10, and her 11-year-old friend Maikel were attacked by a man in the Beatrixpark in Schiedam in June 2000. Nienke was raped and murdered, but Maikel survived by pretending to be dead after he was severely assaulted.
A unique situation in Dutch legal history is now expected, as B. faces a review of his case and H. is placed on trial for the murder. B.'s lawyer has previously indicated a hefty compensation claim will be lodged against the Dutch State.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news