Ministers not sued for Fortuyn's death

27th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 June 2007, AMSTERDAM – The public prosecution department in Amsterdam cannot start any criminal investigation against former ministers of home affairs and justice, Klaas de Vries and Benk Korthals, in connection with the assassination of Pim Fortuyn. The justice department said on Wednesday that ministers and state secretaries can only be prosecuted by the Supreme Court.

27 June 2007

AMSTERDAM – The public prosecution department in Amsterdam cannot start any criminal investigation against former ministers of home affairs and justice, Klaas de Vries and Benk Korthals, in connection with the assassination of Pim Fortuyn.
 
The justice department said on Wednesday that ministers and state secretaries can only be prosecuted by the Supreme Court.

Marten Fortuyn, the brother of the politician assassinated on 6 May 2002, filed suit against the former government members for culpable homicide earlier this month.

The Constitution states that ministers and state secretaries suspected of crimes in their capacity as government members must stand trial before the Supreme Court. A Ministerial Decree or decision from Parliament is the only means of starting prosecution in these cases. 
Pim Fortuyn was shot at the Media Park in Hilversum after a radio interview. Gunman Volkert van der G. was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Maarten Fortuyn's claim against the former government members was based on statements from the killer that he would not have attempted the assassination had Fortuyn been accompanied by bodyguards.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

0 Comments To This Article