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Crime victims should have a say in sentencing, says minister

Friday 22 February 2013

The victims of crimes should be able to speak in court about the sentence they think the perpetrator should be given, junior justice minister Fred Teeven says in a parliamentary briefing on Friday.

The Telegraaf quotes the minister as saying legislation to make this possible will be sent to parliament later this year. 'If victims are not heard, it can have a terrible impact on them,' Teeven said.

The measure is one of a package of proposals aimed at improving the position of victims. Teeven also wants their privacy to be better shielded in court. This would involve limits on how often their full name should be given.

In addition, he says the parents of young victims should be able to claim damages and backs the introduction of a 'victim tax'. This would require all convicted criminals to pay €50 into a special fund for victims, website nu.nl quotes the Telegraaf as saying.

Is this a good idea? Have your say using the comment form below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Then you have to reintroduce the death penalty and look through fingers on lynch mob. Given that in NL you can or cannot get a jail time for failing to get APK Keuring for your car, as well as for murdering some kids while under drugs, victim's call for justice is just another bogus to distract our attention.

By Jamie | 22 February 2013 9:55 AM

Absolutely! I agree that the victims have a right to speak without their privacy being compromised and also getting compensation...more than what is suggested. The perpetrator needs to know the far-reaching and devastating consequences for the victims. I'd go one step further and ask that the offender found guilty of a crime have their full name made public!

By M | 22 February 2013 10:02 AM

Good thinking. If you want an example model for this application, look into Sharia Law. It has been successfully used for centuries in many countries. There victims have a say in the sentence. Very modern&forward imho. Many advantages: no need for written law, no need for judges or lawyers, faster trials, etc.

By puskul | 22 February 2013 1:41 PM

What purpose does it serve to allow victims or their families to influence sentences other than to give them some psychological satisfaction in believing they can affect or inflict punishment. Justice is supposed to be impartial and without prejudice. Victims should be limited to statements telling the courts how the crime has affected their lives, but that's it.

By Quince | 22 February 2013 2:17 PM

A ridiculous populist proposal. Judges are bound by law what sentences they can give. Victims already have a right to speak.

By pepe | 22 February 2013 6:32 PM

This is just a populistic proposal to distract the attention from the real problem, which is that justice is a joke. For example, a drunk woman decided to drive a car and as a result she killed a man. She did not need to go to jail because she has children!!!!!

By John | 22 February 2013 9:37 PM

Crime victims should have a say in sentencing, says minister: not guilty

By Terence Hale | 23 February 2013 7:53 AM

Law is blind to give fair and equatible sentences. The debate is if you need to punnish a crime or rehabilitate the perutrator. Law is about true justice not vengence. Victoms of violent crime need to have the trust again in the court system. Make the spirite of the laws return to that principle and let police do there real jobs.

By Bill | 24 February 2013 11:23 AM

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