The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service is responsible for investigating and prosecuting criminal offences
For a society to function efficiently and fairly laws are needed. People are not, for example, allowed to use violence, steal or damage property, and there are rules to ensure traffic safety. If someone fails to respect the law, someone else may lodge a complaint with the police. Or the police can arrest the offender. A suspect may also be arrested by a member of the public if they are caught in the act.
In the Netherlands, only judges and – in minor cases – the public prosecution service may impose punishment. Crucially, a person may be punished only if it has been established that he or she is in fact guilty of the offence in question. Doing this requires investigation and an independent judiciary.
After all, in our democracy governed by the rule of law, justice is a core value. Suspects, victims and society as a whole must have the confidence that they will be properly represented in criminal proceedings. The sentence must also be in proportion to the crime that was committed and provide justice for those affected by it.
The Public Prosecution Service is responsible for investigating and prosecuting criminal offences on behalf of society at large. Its work is aimed at ensuring that those who commit crimes are punished appropriately, that victims and next of kin feel that someone is on their side, and that the Dutch public are confident that the law of the Netherlands are applied fairly and correctly.
The Public Prosecution Service and the courts together make up the judiciary. The Public Prosecution Service is responsible for the enforcement of criminal law. It is the only institution that decides who has to appear before a criminal court and on what charge.
The Public Prosecution Service’s main tasks are:
supervising the police in the investigation of criminal offences
prosecuting criminal offences and bringing suspected offenders before the courts
dealing with criminal offences without involving the courts
The Public Prosecution Service concerns itself only with criminal law. It therefore has no involvement in civil matters such as rent disputes, labour issues or divorce proceedings.
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), in which Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands have been cooperating since 2014, today releases a new witness appeal in the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. The JIT is looking for information on the persons within the military and administrative hierarchy who enabled the shooting down of MH17 in Eastern Ukraine using a BUK TELAR.
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) has asked the Procurator-General at the Supreme Court to institute cassation in the interest of the law in the case of the nursing home doctor who was recently put on trial at the District Court in The Hague in a euthanasia case. The PG responded positively to this request. This skips the step of appeal proceedings.
The Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands will prosecute four suspects for bringing down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on the 17th of July 2014 killing all 298 passengers and crew. This decision was made on the basis of the investigation conducted by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), consisting of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands. The announcement was made this morning in Nieuwegein following a meeting with surviving relatives of the victims who died in the plane crash.
Today, Wednesday 19 June at 1 pm CEST (local time) / 11 am GMT, the Joint Investigation Team will organise a press meeting about developments in the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. This press meeting will be preceded by a closed meeting for the bereaved. On Wednesday they will be informed of the developments first.
This Tuesday, the police has arrested a 47 year old Syrian in Kapelle, the Netherlands, on suspicion of committing war crimes and terrorist crimes in Syria. The man is accused of participating in the armed struggle as a commander of a terrorist Jabhat al-Nusra battalion. The man fought under the name of Abu Khuder. The battalion which the suspect allegedly commanded became known as Ghuraba’a Mohassan (Strangers of Mohassan).