Suspects of serious crimes released

31st October 2007, Comments 0 comments

31 October 2007, DEN BOSCH – The court in chambers in Den Bosch decided on Wednesday that six suspects may not remain in pre-trial custody because their cases have been handled by an unqualified judge. The court announced this on Wednesday morning.

31 October 2007

DEN BOSCH – The court in chambers in Den Bosch decided on Wednesday that six suspects may not remain in pre-trial custody because their cases have been handled by an unqualified judge. The court announced this on Wednesday morning.

In total five lawyers filed requests for suspension of custody on behalf of six suspects. One of the six released is a murder suspect, another is suspected of robbery and rape.

"In a constitutional state like the Netherlands people can only be held if there is a legal basis for that."

"The fact that the suspects are thought to have been involved in serious crimes and that it is socially inadvisable for them to be released does not diminish this constitutional right," the court said.

The decision from the court in chambers means that the suspects can await the further hearings in their cases in freedom.

In order to avoid any semblance of bias, the court in chambers was comprised of three judges and a clerk from the Arnhem court, a spokesperson for the Den Bosch court announced.

The public prosecution department will examine the decision and publish a reaction later today.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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