Serious crime drops while violent offences rise

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Less people in The Netherlands have been sentenced for murder, manslaughter and sex offences for the second year in a row.

8 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - For the second year in a row, less people in The Netherlands have been sentenced for murder, manslaughter and sex offences.

A report by the Public Prosecutor's Office shows that in 2007, 129 individuals were sentenced for murder and manslaughter. In 2005, the figure was 194; in 2006 it had dropped to 143.

In recent years, the Dutch police and law courts have paid more attention to cracking down on serious crime and criminal organisations and to confiscating the proceeds from illegal activities.

By contrast, the number of violent offences, such as minor assaults and threats, has increased.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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