"Suspects should be able to be tried twice"
Head of the public prosecution department thinks the ministry should be able to prosecute suspects of serious crimes a second time.
7 December 2007
AMSTERDAM – Suspects acquitted of serious crimes like murder should be able to be tried again if new discoveries are made in their case.
Harm Brouwer, the president of the college of procurators general says this Friday in an interview with De Pers.
"Take for example if someone was once acquitted of a murder, but the public prosecution department believes his guilt can be proven by use of new DNA investigation. At the moment we cannot go after someone in this situation, and that must change," Brouwer says.
He says that one condition that could be attached to this would be that the crime in question must bear a penalty of more than 12 years in prison.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news