A disruption at telecom provider Tele2 over the weekend turned off hundreds of ankle monitors. The disruption started late on Friday morning. By Sunday morning, all ankle monitors were again connected with the control room, the Ministry of Justice and Security said, RTL Nieuws reports.
Suspected jihadist Lieke S. can await her trial in freedom, as long as she keeps to a number of conditions, the court ruled on Thursday. The 34-year-old woman has been in prison since she was arrested while trying to enter Syria last year, AD reports.
Dutch woman Laura H. will be released from custody and can await trail in freedom, as long as she keeps to a number of conditions, the court in Rotterdam ruled on Thursday. She has to wear an ankle monitor, stay away from borders and airports, check in with the rehabilitation service on a regular basis and is not allowed any contact with her husband, NOS reports.
Over the past three years 17 criminals in the Netherlands dropped off the radar after a judge released them on bond, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports in the Telegraaf. "The highest bond amount paid is a million euros", a spokesperson for the Prosecutor said to the broadcaster.
At least 35 criminals escaped in the Netherlands by cutting their electronic ankle monitor last year, the Telegraaf reports based on figures from Probation Netherlands. Most of these cases involved criminals awaiting trial or serving the final stage of their sentence, according to the newspaper.
A total of about 1,600 criminals in the Netherlands are currently wearing an ankle monitor. "With 98 percent of wearers everything goes well", Sjef van Gennip, CEO of Probation Netherlands, said to the newspaper.
Politicians, police and police unions responded with indignation to news that cocaine trafficker Cetin G. disappeared without a trace. He cut through his ankle monitor and went into hiding in December. Why was this man, on trial and then convicted for trafficking 15 thousand kilos of cocaine, only being guarded by an ankle monitor, they want to know.
The police and judiciary are looking for cocaine trafficker Cetin G., the Public Prosecutor confirmed to NOS. The Prosecutor believes C. cut through his ankle monitor and went into hiding.
Dutch criminals increasingly get house arrest with an ankle monitor as a sentence in the Netherlands. Last year Dutch judges imposed ankle monitors as punishments 1,759 times, compared to 900 in 2012, BNR reports.
Ankle monitors are mainly imposed on criminals guilty of robberies and drug-related offenses, Sjef van Gennip, director of Probation Netherlands, said to the broadcaster. House arrest with an ankle monitor is often cheaper than keeping someone in prison. It also enables convicts to keep their jobs or continue with their training, which decreases the risk of recurrence.
Armin A. is back in custody only 6 months after being released on parole. He has to appear in court on Friday to explain why he violated a restraining order and sabotaged his ankle monitor
Volkert van Graaf, the man convicted for murdering politician Pim Fortuyn, is in court again on Thursday to challenge a condition of his probation. He no longer wants to check in with the probation service every three months
More than 6,100 suspects have bee wrongfully detained in the Netherlands over the past year, for which they got more than 11 million euros in damages. If other compensations such as legal fees, travel expenses and loss of income are included, these wrongfully imprisoned people cost the government about 28.8 million euros - that is excluding the average of 250 euros per day it costs to detain someone
According to his lawyer Derk van der Heijden, one of the two jihad suspects from Huizen wants to get rid of his ankle monitor.