Decisions on released suspects expected
8 November 2007 , AMSTERDAM - A Dutch court of appeals was due to rule on Thursday about the fate of 11 people previously ordered to remain in custody by a judge who was later found not to be sworn in yet.
8 November 2007
AMSTERDAM - A Dutch court of appeals was due to rule on Thursday about the fate of 11 people previously ordered to remain in custody by a judge who was later found not to be sworn in yet.
On 24 October the court administration of the court in Den Bosch, in the southern Netherlands, announced that due to a mistake a participant in its court judge course program had not yet been sworn in before he began to sit on the bench.
The particular judge ruled in some 40 cases before it was discovered he had not been sworn in when made those rulings.
Lawyers of the people already ordered to remain in pre-trial custody as well as several independent legal experts subsequently argued all decisions by the particular judge were void and that their clients be set free.
Legal experts added all cases tried by the judge of the lower court - who sentenced several suspects to imprisonment terms - should most likely be tried again.
The main question the court of appeals in Den Bosch was due to rule on centres on the question of whether those already held in prison after being sentenced to jail terms should remain there or should be set free pending their new trial.
Their lawyers argued that if the sentences are indeed void, their clients should be set free.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news