Soldiers suspected of assault released

15th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 June 2007, ARNHEM – The last five soldiers of a group suspected of assaulting a homeless man in Eindhoven were released on Friday after being held for almost a month. The military suspended them immediately upon their release, a spokesperson said.

15 June 2007

ARNHEM – The last five soldiers of a group suspected of assaulting a homeless man in Eindhoven were released on Friday after being held for almost a month. The military suspended them immediately upon their release, a spokesperson said.

The justice department in Arnhem suspects the five of involvement in attempted manslaughter and public violence. Four other colleagues, also stationed in Oirschot, were released earlier. They too were suspended.

Accounts of how the fight started differ. The soldiers claim that the homeless man stabbed one of them in the leg with a piece of glass. The police however say that the soldiers were intoxicated and that there was no reason for the fight.

Lawyer John Peters announced on Friday that he still wanted to call a number of witnesses and that he wants a reconstruction staged. He says there is still much that is unclear.

The first procedural hearing in the case will take place on 23 July.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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