Transfer of fatal abuse case in Mallorca to the Netherlands is logical

The case of the fatal abuse of 27-year-old Carlo on Mallorca has been officially transferred to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) by the Spanish authorities. Pieter Verrest, Professor of Criminal Law at Erasmus School of Law, explains why this is a logical decision in an article of nu.nl.

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14 July 2021. In the early morning, the victim was kicked several times to the head, resulting in severe head injuries. After several days in the hospital, the victim died from these injuries. After the incident, the suspects in the case immediately flew back to the Netherlands, resulting in the question of where the prosecution should take place.

Spanish or Dutch prosecution?

“The criminal offence was committed in Spain, and the first evidence was collected in Spain. For that reason, it might be logical to continue in Spain,” Verrest says. A Spanish prosecution corresponds with the principle that prosecution should occur in the country where the criminal offence was committed.

“But other factors are also important in determining where prosecution takes place. Where is the evidence being collected? Where are the suspects, and what are their nationalities? Where did the victim reside?” Verrest says. Taking everything into account, a prosecution in the Netherlands would make sense. The case has been officially transferred to the Netherlands, resulting in the prohibition of a Spanish prosecution.

National differences in sentencing

The decision to transfer the case to the Netherlands has, among other things, resulted in angry reactions from the people. For example, it is expected that the suspects may receive a lower sentence in the Netherlands than they would in Spain for the same criminal offence.

It is to be expected that Spain has a different criminal justice system than the Netherlands. However, Verrest does not expect high differences: “Certainly with serious violent crimes of this kind, the sentences will not differ much from one another.

Source: Erasmus University Rotterdam

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