No time limitation in murder cases

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2 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The period of limitation after which serious crimes such as murder or manslaughter can no longer be prosecuted will be abolished or lengthened after a majority of MPs backed the proposed law on Wednesday. Government coalition parties the Democrat D66 and Christian Democrat CDA have proposed that the statue of limitation on murder be abolished. Currently, suspects cannot be prosecuted if a murder occurred more than 18 years ago.

2 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — The period of limitation after which serious crimes such as murder or manslaughter can no longer be prosecuted will be abolished or lengthened after a majority of MPs backed the proposed law on Wednesday.
 
Government coalition parties the Democrat D66 and Christian Democrat CDA have proposed that the statue of limitation on murder be abolished. Currently, suspects cannot be prosecuted if a murder occurred more than 18 years ago.

But with more modern investigation techniques, such as DNA evidence, crimes can be solved long after they were committed.

A new law also came into effect on Tuesday in which anyone convicted of a crime that carries a sentence of four years or more will need to provide a DNA sample. The law is expected to result in more crimes being solved, such as cold case crimes that occurred a long time ago.

Besides the D66 and CDA, the Liberal VVD, Labour PvdA, populist LPF and the ChristenUnie are also in favour of abandoning the period of limitation on murder. Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner is also a supporter of the proposal.

The CDA and D66 believe that an unsolved murder must always remain open to prosecution and the conviction of a suspect. 

Under the proposed legislation, the period of limitations for manslaughter or other serious crimes that do not carry a life sentence will be raised from 15 to 20 years once the law is enacted.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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