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Death penalty for three convicted Dutchmen approaching JAKARTA - The death penalty that is being prepared against three Dutchmen in Indonesia is currently negotiated about at a high diplomatic level. For one of the three men a review has been submitted a short while ago. The other two will have their reviews submitted in a short period of time as well.

These reviews are the last resort to escape the firing squad. The Indonesian lawyer of the three is paid for by the Dutch Department of Foreign Affairs because the three are on death row and do not have any means to pay for their own lawyer. The Dutch ambassador to Indonesia, Van Dam, and Dutch ministers Verhagen (Foreign Affairs) and Hirsh Ballin (Justice) are working together on this case.

The three, Ang Kiem Soei, Dick Nicholaas and Siegfried Mets, are the only Dutch people on death row on the prison island of Nusa Kambangan. However the three are not related to one single case, their destiny is treated like it. What they do have in common is that they were all convicted of producing ecstasy. "The strange thing is that not a single tablet was found near Dick. He only had downloaded some techniques from the internet," says a 64-year old friend Nicholas in Harlingen.

According to Dutch lawyer Bart Stapert, who is involved in this cast in the Netherlands and is specialized in death row cases, the three have admitted that they were planning on producing ecstasy. "You are too early," he said. "The death penalty can only be avoided if we can play this case in a quiet and diplomatic fashion. The death penalty is no solution to drug crimes. That is a clear statement of the Netherlands, but we have to respect that countries have their own laws, something that is very sensitive in Indonesia."

Stapert is positive that the current death penalty will be converted in a life sentence. "This case has been processed from the start, in contrary to the case of Johannes van Damme, who had to be rescued in Singapore at the very last moment. That failed." A spokesperson of Foreign Affairs could not tell how much money was spend on defending the three.


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Posted in Drugs @ 19 February 2010 01:13 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Diplomatic complicated and complex issues and a tough one for the Ambassador. Curious about the outcome.



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Death penalty for three convicted Dutchmen approaching

Well, actually they already got the death penalty. It's their execution that's approaching...

A spokesperson of Foreign Affairs could not tell how much money was spend on defending the three.

Dutch taxpayers' money...




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