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10,000 people given compensation for being wrongly jailed

Saturday 09 June 2012

Some 10,000 people were paid a total of €22m in compensation for wrongful imprisonment last year, the NRC said on Saturday.

The number of people wrongfully arrested and held in custody was up 11% on 2010 and is double the total five years ago, the paper said.

People are entitled to compensation if they are arrested and later found not guilty or if they are found to have been held in custody for a trivial offence. In 2005, 4.5% of people taken to court were found not guilty. By 2010 that had risen to 8.5%.

Maastricht University professor Taru Spronken told the paper the increase in compensation claims is a notable development. 'Almost everyone who is wrongly jailed claims compensation,' he said.

The standard compensation is €105 for a night in a police cell and €80 for a night in a detention centre.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Sounds fare enough to me, being wrongfully arrested and locked up would be terrible, maybe the compensation rate should be increased and free mental health check ups for people who may have suffered anxiety because of this be included?

By Phil | 10 June 2012 4:46 AM

Is that amount before or after tax please?

By The visitor | 11 June 2012 12:00 AM

Very strange law: Anybody who has real document and applies asylum must been jailed for 6 days before to be transfered at detention centre. It is a crime! Where is human rights in Holland nowadays?

By n | 11 June 2012 3:58 PM


Asylum seekers are not jailed in suspicion of a crime. They are not even citizens.

The administrative detention of asylum seekers (who all come to NL in their own way, NL doesn't chase them down in the sands of Central Asia or forests of Africa) is out of the scope of this law, altogether.

By Andre L. | 11 June 2012 7:41 PM

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