Marines not prosecuted

23rd August 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 August 2007, ARNHEM – The public prosecution department in Arnhem has decided there is not enough evidence to prosecute the marines who were involved in a fight in a nightclub in Norway on 1 October last year. The justice department in Norway came to the same conclusion some time ago.

23 August 2007

ARNHEM – The public prosecution department in Arnhem has decided there is not enough evidence to prosecute the marines who were involved in a fight in a nightclub in Norway on 1 October last year. The justice department in Norway came to the same conclusion some time ago.

The public prosecution department has also found that a marine involved in a bar fight in Finland on the same night was acting in self defence, according to an announcement on Thursday.

The public prosecutor has fined five marines EUR 300 each for stealing from a night shop in Finland on the same night. They took porn magazines, drinks and sandwiches without paying but were caught on security camera.

The marines were participating in an exercise in the Norwegian town of Karasjok, near the Finnish border. On the night of 30 September they had a night out, which descended into fights and shoplifting in the early hours of 1 October.

The prosecution office does say that there had been excessive drinking on the night in question, both by the 27 marines involved in the nightclub fight and by the local patrons of the venue.

Commander of the Armed Forces Dick Berlijn apologised to his Norwegian counterpart immediately after the incidents. The Netherlands also sent Marechaussee to help Norwegian justice officials with the investigation.

The prosecution office in Arnhem, which handles all military cases in the Netherlands, requested the Norwegian dossier after Norwegian justice officials concluded that there was not enough evidence to pursue the case. The dossier indicates that there are numerous inconsistencies in statements from victims, witnesses and suspects.

"The heavy drinking led to a hectic situation in which both the Norwegians and the marines became violent," the public prosecutor said. "No concrete evidence against individual marines was found."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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