Parties seek inquiry into prisoner escapee

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16 June 2005AMSTERDAM — The main opposition parties teamed up on Thursday to demand a parliamentary inquiry after a violent sex offender escaped and allegedly murdered an elderly man.

16 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — The main opposition parties teamed up on Thursday to demand a parliamentary inquiry after a violent sex offender escaped and allegedly murdered an elderly man.

Labour (PvdA), the Socialist Party (SP) and the green-left GroenLinks demanded an investigation into the TBS system of secure clinics for offenders with psychiatric problems.

During a debate on the escape and murder, MPS also said that TBS patients should be fitted with electronic tracking ankle bracelets when on temporary release. 

Meanwhile, Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has brushed aside calls to step down.

Wilhelm Schippers, 40, was recaptured in the garden of the murder victim in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam on Tuesday night after a week on the run. He had a loaded gun in his possession.

A serious alcoholic, Schippers has a conviction for rape and has been held in a secure psychiatric hospital, known as a TBS clinic, since 1990. He has a history of escaping from custody and fled from his guards in Utrecht train station last week while returning from a visit to his family in Eindhoven.

The body of the 73-year-old murder victim was discovered in a motor boat on the NoordHollands canal, police revealed on Wednesday. He had been killed by blows to the head.

Schippers has been on medication for some time to battle his alcohol addiction. Staff at the TBS clinic informed police when he escaped that he could turn very violent if he discontinued taking his medication.

The police took the unusual step of publishing the escapee's name and photograph in the media in a bid to speed up his re-capture.

Faced with the latest in a series of crimes allegedly committed by escaped TBS patients, Donner insisted that the institutions involved in the Schippers case had acted in an "adequate and dynamic" manner.

The clinic, he said, had adhered to the toughened up furlough conditions for patients that had been approved by Parliament last year.

Donner went on to say there was no question of him resigning despite the "tragic" events in this case.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news, TBS

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