Off-duty crime not reported to defence

9th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – State secretary for defence Cees van der Knaap is going to investigate how misconduct by soldiers while off duty can better be tackled within the current legislation.

9 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – State secretary for defence Cees van der Knaap is going to investigate how misconduct by soldiers while off duty can better be tackled within the current legislation.

Van der Knaap is not yet arguing for changes to the law, a spokesperson said on Friday.

He acknowledges that it is difficult to restrict soldiers when they are off duty. A soldier who is picked up by police in his free time is treated as a civilian unless he reports that he is a soldier. This means that he can be convicted of offences without his employer being informed.

If he does disclose that he belongs to the military then the Marechaussee takes over the investigation of the offence. But even if this leads to a conviction, this information is only passed on to the defence department if there is a clear connection between the crime and the soldier's position in the military.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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