Dutch call to remove 'missing file' loophole
People accused of crimes should not be released even if original files go missing, says Judiciary Committee.30 October 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Parliament's Judiciary Committee is calling on Justice Minister Hirsch Ballin to amend the law so that people accused of crimes cannot go free because their files are missing.
The committee made its request following the release of two individuals accused of carrying out an armed robbery at the Jimmy Woo disco in Amsterdam.
The two were released after the Public Prosecutors' Office admitted it had lost the original file.
The committee would like the law to change so that if a file is lost, a prosecution can proceed with a copy of the digital version.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]