Statute of limitations to be scrapped

Justice minister Ivo Opstelten on Tuesday publishes a new bill that will radically alter the statute of limitations by preventing criminals whose crimes were committed 12 or more years ago from avoiding punishment.

At the moment, only crimes carrying a life-long sentence are not included in the statute. Opstelten wants to change this to include lesser sentences for murder, rape, people smuggling and child molestation, reports the Telegraaf.
‘It is completely unacceptable that criminals should avoid punishment just because a certain amount of time has elapsed since they committed their crime,’ Opstelten writes in the introduction to his bill.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation