New DNA law to solve cold case crimes

1st February 2005, Comments 0 comments

1 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — A new law came into force on Tuesday allowing Dutch authorities to demand DNA samples from anyone convicted of a crime carrying at least a four year jail term.

1 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — A new law came into force on Tuesday allowing Dutch authorities to demand DNA samples from anyone convicted of a crime carrying at least a four year jail term. 

Previously, DNA samples could only be obtained voluntarily. The new law is designed to help solve unsolved crimes by matching up new DNA samples with unidentified profiles found at past crime scenes.

The DNA databank presently has about 6,000 profiles of people whose identity is known. But there are 12,000 profiles of which the identity of the person is not known.

In the first phase of the project, DNA samples will be taken from people convicted of violent or sex crimes and are already serving time in jail or TBS psychiatric units, the website regering.nl said.

But anyone convicted of serious crimes after 1 February 2005 will also be required to give a DNA sample if the crime carries a sentence of at least four years.

The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) expects to obtain an estimated 9,000 DNA profiles by the end of this year, Radio Netherlands reported.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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