Law forbade mobile trace of kidnapper

3rd June 2004, Comments 0 comments

3 June 2004, AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor in Utrecht twice refused permission to police to trace an escaped sex offender via his mobile phone. The man kidnapped school girl Wei Wei Hu, 13, and drove her to Germany where he was eventually arrested by police.

3 June 2004

AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor in Utrecht twice refused permission to police to trace an escaped sex offender via his mobile phone. The man kidnapped school girl Wei Wei Hu, 13, and drove her to Germany where he was eventually arrested by police.

Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner revealed to Parliament on Thursday that officials at the TBS secure hospital and police had sought permission to trace the prisoner in the days before he kidnapped Wei Wei in late May.

The man was on the run having failed to return to the hospital at the end of a period of temporary release.

But on both occasions, the district attorney relied on the law which governs the methods police can use to track down escapees. The law prohibits tracing people via their mobile phone.

The details were included in a report sought by Parliament from Minister Donner into the circumstances behind the abduction.

MPs were outraged when it was discovered the suspect had failed to return to the secure hospital after the leave period designed to help him readjust to society.

The man was ordered to be detained in the secure hospital after he finished a two-year jail term for sexual assault. He had gone missing on previous occasions when released temporarily.

On 8 March this year, he failed to turn up on the appointed date, but his family brought him back the following day. A similar thing happened on 4 April.

Despite this flouting of the rules, he was again granted temporary release on 23 April and he again went missing. He escaped again on 11 May following a mistake at the clinic.

While on the run, he allegedly tried to kidnap a girl in a German border town before forcing Wei Wei into his car at knifepoint in the eastern Dutch border town of Eibergen on 23 May.

German police cornered his car in the German town of Munster on the night of 24 May and managed to persuade him to surrender after lengthy negotiations. During the stand-off he repeatedly held a knife to Wei Wei's throat.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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