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 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.
Today NVWA's intelligence and investigation services (NVWA-IOD) arrested two suspects in the criminal investigation of the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) in the fipronil case. These suspects are the two directors of a company that has allegedly used the product in poultry houses in the egg sector. The NVWA-IOD searched a total of eight locations in the Netherlands in a coordinated action of Dutch and Belgian investigation services.
Today, as part of an investigation into possession and export of hard drugs to Australia, the Dutch police searched the homes of two suspects and subsequently arrested the men, a 33-year-old from Utrecht and a 47-year-old from Huizen.
The forensic investigation into items taken out of Ukraine by Dutch journalist Michel Spekkers which were possibly related to the MH17 crash has shown that one of the items is a fragment of human bone. The other items were also investigated and found not to be relevant to the criminal investigation.