Soldiers may be held longer

31st May 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 May 2007, ARNHEM – The five soldiers from the Oirschot barracks suspected of the attempted manslaughter of a 28-year-old homeless man in Enschede may remain in detention.

31 May 2007

ARNHEM – The five soldiers from the Oirschot barracks suspected of the attempted manslaughter of a 28-year-old homeless man in Enschede may remain in detention.

The public prosecutor asked the court to extend their custody by 90 days today. The court will decide on Friday, according to Michael Ruperti, the lawyer representing one of the soldiers.

Nine soldiers were arrested on 16 May after the violent incident with the homeless man on the Stationsplein. There are conflicting accounts of how the fight started. The soldiers say that the homeless man stabbed one of them in the leg with a piece of glass. The police suspect there was alcohol involved.

The four other soldiers involved have already been released. The defence department suspended them last week pending possible prosecution by the justice department.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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