Dutch parents get right to speak in court

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Dutch Deputy Justice minister Fred Teeven is pushing ahead with a bill intended to give parents the right to speak in court on behalf of their children.

Source in The Hague quoted in national newspaper De Telegraaf report that the bill will be discussed in Friday’s weekly cabinet meeting.

The law is to take effect on 1 April. Minister Teeven is keeping the pressure up because he wants parents to be able to speak at the trial of former Amsterdam créche worker Robert Mikelson who has so far admitted to abusing 87 young children.

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