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).
The Hague Court of Appeals has delivered its ruling in civil proceedings brought by a 48 year-old Georgian suspect of involvement in International Crimes. It found that there were no impediments to his extradition to Georgia. With this judgment, the Court of Appeals has confirmed an earlier decision of the Minister for Security and Justice allowing the extradition of the man.
International telecom provider Vimpelcom and its subsidiary Silkway Holdings BV (hereinafter referred to as Vimpelcom) have accepted a settlement offered by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (DPPS) totaling 397,500,000 US dollars. Vimpelcom is headquarted in Amsterdam. The DPPS accuses Vimpelcom of the criminal offences bribery of government officials and inaccurate books and records. It concerns the period around the time of gaining access to the Uzbek telecom market and thereafter (from 2006 up to and including 2012).
Today the public prosecutor in the Court of Midden-Nederland asked the court to convict a 54 year old woman, who treated people with ibogaine at her home in Kockengen. One of the offences the suspect was charged with concerns the death of a Swiss man who was treated by the suspect with ibogaine resulting in bringing and leaving him in a helpless situation. According to the prosecutor the suspect’s assistant in this case, a 44 year old man from Baarn, should also be convicted to a prison sentence of several months.
29 oktober 2014 - Arrondissementsparket Midden-Nederland
The Public Prosecution Service considers Geert Wilders to be a suspect and has invited him for questioning. Wilders will be examined concerning remarks about Moroccans he made on 12 and 19 March 2014 in The Hague, which caused the police to receive over 6400 reports. He is suspected of having insulted a population group with respect to their race and of incitement to discrimination and hatred.