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 Dutch National Prosecution Service and police launched a so called Hidden Service on the darknet today. The set up took place within the framework of ‘Operation Hyperion’. This first global Darknet marketplace enforcement operation ever, was conducted 22 to 28 October.
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.
The District Court of The Hague today convicted Yvonne Basebya to a term of imprisonment of 6 years and 8 months for the role she played in the 1990's in the Rwandan Genocide. The Netherlands National Prosecutor's Office is content with the judgment, because it makes clear that perpetrators behind the scenes do not remain unpunished.
The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) does not reconcile itself to the decision of the court of appeal in Arnhem-Leeuwarden in the case against Vereniging Martijn and will therefore lodge an appeal in cassation. On 3 April last, the court of appeal judged that contrary to the PPS's plea, the appeal of Vereniging Martijn may be allowed and that the decision of the court in Assen on 27 June 2012, must be annulled.