Dutch minister wants to expand victims' right to speak at trials
Deputy Justice Minister Fred Teeven has informed parliament he wants to expand victims' rights to speak during trials. His plan was prompted by research of the University of Tilburg into the right of victims to speak at trials, which was introduced in 2005.
At present, the victim, or one of his next of kin, have the right to speak at the close of a trial. Mr Teeven wants to give victims the right to appoint a replacement if they are unable to speak themselves. The deputy minister also wants to allow more than one relative to speak. However, Mr Teeven wants to keep in place a limitation regarding content, which states that victims and their next of kin can only discuss the consequences of the crime.
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