De Hond charged over murder defamation
24 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The public prosecution in Amsterdam will take legal proceedings against pollster Maurice de Hond over his interference in the 'Deventer murder' case.
24 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — The public prosecution in Amsterdam will take legal proceedings against pollster Maurice de Hond over his interference in the 'Deventer murder' case.
De Hond will be prosecuted on charges of defamation for repeatedly raising suspicions about an odd jobs man linked to the murder investigation.
According to De Hond, the handyman — identified only as De J. — was the real killer of a rich widow in Deventer.
He claims that tax lawyer Ernest Louwes has unjustly served years in prison for the murder.
After pressure was brought to bear by De Hond, the prosecution was recently ordered by a court judge to re-open the widow's grave.
De Hond had claimed the murder weapon would be found under the grave, but no such weapon was found.
In response to the prosecution's announcement on Friday to launch legal action against him, De Hond said he was "extremely pleased". He expects to be acquitted.
De Hond claims to have provoked the legal action, thinking that he will be able to prove the prosecution made mistakes in the investigation.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news