The Public Prosecution Service (OM) and the courts together make up the judiciary. The Public Prosecution Service decides who has to appear before a court and on what charge. It is the only body that can decide to prosecute someone. Its field of work is criminal law.
The Public Prosecution Service’s main tasks are:
investigating criminal offences
supervising the enforcement of sentences.
During the hearing, the court listens to what the public prosecutor and the defence attorney have to say, and may itself investigate the defendant’s guilt or innocence. The public prosecutor then recommends an appropriate sentence, after which the court gives judgment.
The Public Prosecution Service does not get involved in disputes about dismissals or quarrels between neighbours about, say, overhanging branches. Such matters are dealt with by the civil courts. It only concerns itself with criminal offences, both minor (overtredingen) and serious (misdrijven).
At the beginning of the appeal in the criminal case against Mr Geert Wilders about his remark regarding 'fewer Moroccans', the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (PPS) indicated that it does not completely agree with the verdict of the The Hague District Court of December 9th, 2016. Although the PPS believes that the Court of The Hague was right in convicting Mr Wilders for group insult and incitement to discrimination on 19 March 2014, it also find that the Court should not have acquitted Mr Wilders of two other charges.
According to the PPS, Mr Wilders' remark on 12 March 2014, made at the market in Loosduinen – namely that he represented people who vote for a city with, if possible, also fewer Moroccans – does indeed constitute group insult. According to the PPS, the 'fewer Moroccans' speech on 19 March 2014 in a cafe in The Hague does not only constitute group insult and incitement to discrimination but it also means that Mr Wilders incited to hatred against Moroccans. The PPS believes that Mr Wilders should not only be held guilty for his remarkt, but also be punished. The District Court, however, chose not to impose a sentence.
Moreover, the PPS believes that Mr Wilders deserved to be sentenced for his remarks. The Court, however, did not do so.
Recently the JIT has received a new photograph of a BUK-TELAR. This picture was probably taken on July 17, 2014 in the town of Makeevka, Ukraine. The JIT presumes that the picture contains the BUK-TELAR which is responsible for downing flight MH17.
The Board of Procurators General decided to launch a criminal investigation into a possible punishable case of euthanasia carried out by a physician in a nursing home. The investigation will be led by the Chief Public Prosecutor of the Public Prosecution Service in The Hague. The suspect was acting as a physician when she carried out euthanasia on a 74-year old severely demented and incapacitated woman in the spring of 2016.
The Swiss oil trading company IPCO Trading has accepted a settlement penalty in the amount of Euros 100,000 offered by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (DPPS). The DPPS charged the Swiss company with illegal import of (hazardous) waste and illegal processing of waste outside a licensed facilities, namely on board of a tanker ship off the Scheveningen coast.