Family of kidnapped girl to sue Dutch State, clinic
21 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The family of the 13-year-old Eibergen girl who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by an escaped psychiatric detainee in May has announced plans to sue a TBS detention clinic in Utrecht and the Dutch State.
21 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — The family of the 13-year-old Eibergen girl who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by an escaped psychiatric detainee in May has announced plans to sue a TBS detention clinic in Utrecht and the Dutch State.
The 37-year-old suspect failed to return to the TBS psychiatric detention clinic in May after being released on probationary leave and the lawyer for the family of the kidnapped girl is investigating to what extent the clinic acted negligently.
Moreover, the family will also demand advance damages from the suspect during his trial. The lawyer indicated a symbolic figure of EUR 10,000 would be sufficient, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Wednesday.
To demonstrate that the TBS clinic acted negligently, the lawyer wants to gain access to the man's personal file, but admitted that this was at odds with the privacy of the suspect.
But she said the case against the Dutch State was easier to prove. From questions lodged in Parliament, the lawyer said the tracking policy of TBS detainees who do not return from probationary leave is too lax.
The police investigation was not faultless either, such as the exchange of information with German police, the lawyer said.
The compensation claims against the Dutch State and the TBS clinic will be handled in separate civil procedures.
The girl was kidnapped as she rode her bike with a friend in the eastern Dutch town of Rekken on 23 May and the suspect was apprehended on 25 May after German police pursued him by car and cornered him in the German town of Munster.
During the hours-long stand-off, the man allegedly held a knife repeatedly to her throat. It emerged after the girl's release that she had been sexually abused during her 40-hour ordeal.
German authorities extradited the suspect to the Netherlands on Tuesday and he will appear before a Zutphen Court judge on Friday. The man has reportedly confessed to the kidnapping and sexual abuse.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news
Editor's note: Expatica News has decided not to name the alleged victim of the kidnap and sexual assault. We feel she deserves as much privacy as the accused who has not been named in the media.