Dutch MPs call for statute of limitations to go

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The conservative VVD, one of the parties in the ruling Dutch coalition, has proposed that the statute of limitations be rescinded for serious crimes. Under Dutch law, there are time limits after which people can no longer be prosecuted for offences. Only crimes for which life sentences are handed down have no such time limits for prosecution.

VVD MP Ard van der Steur says the proposed change was prompted by comments made by a member of the activist RaRa group Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action. During a television programme, the man admitted being involved in arson attacks on Dutch Makro stores in the 1980s.

He was tried for involvement in the attacks but the appeal court found him not guilty on most of the charges. Despite his confession, he can no longer be brought to justice because the offences were committed so long ago.

MPs want to amend the law so that crimes for which people at the moment cannot be tried after periods longer than 12 years no longer fall within the Dutch statute of limitations.



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