Defense attorneys in Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe are boycotting interrogation rooms on Tuesday to protest the new interrogation rules, which took effect today. The new rules state that they are allowed to be in the room when their client is being interrogated, but they are not allowed to say anything. And if they do, they may be kicked out.
The associations for public defenders NVSA and NVJSA filed a lawsuit against the Dutch state over Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice and his rules for representing suspects during police interrogation. According to the public defenders, the compensation is way too low and the rules violate European regulations
Minister Ivo Opstelten and State Secretary Fred Teeven (Security and Justice) submitted two legislative proposals to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) that will ensure that a suspect in custody can have legal assistance during police questioning. Currently detained suspects are only allowed to consult counsel before the questioning.