Judges deny being too soft

19th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 October 2007, THE HAGUE - The Council for the Administration of Justice denies that penalties are too light in the Netherlands. "We want to distance ourselves from the image being created of unworldly, soft magistrates who don’t know what is going on in society. That is not the case," a spokesperson for the council said on Friday.

19 October 2007

THE HAGUE  - The Council for the Administration of Justice denies that penalties are too light in the Netherlands. "We want to distance ourselves from the image being created of unworldly, soft magistrates who don’t know what is going on in society. That is not the case," a spokesperson for the council said on Friday.

He said this in response to police commissioner Hans Schönfeld's reproach that the penalties handed down to problem youths in Amsterdam district Slotervaart who constantly commit offences are too light. The police commissioner wants judges to also take into account the suspects' track record when determining the penalties.

 
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