By J.D. Schoone of the Knoops Innocence Project in Amsterdam:
According to the Attorney-General of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, six people might have been wrongfully convicted in a murder case. The case centers on the murder of a Chinese woman in a Chinese restaurant in 1993. The six suspects, most of them teenagers at that time, were convicted in 1994 with sentences of 2 years imprisonment (for the three female suspects) and 10 years imprisonment (for the three male suspects).
Now, with so much information on the causes of wrongful convictions, the case has been re-examined. It became evident that the suspects have been pressured by the police to confess to the crime. They were also shown photos of the crime scene, which resulted in knowledge of the crime scene which was later used against the suspects. Furthermore, exculpatory testimonies of eyewitnesses were not submitted to the defense or to the court. Finally, forensic experts which have reexamined blood traces found at the crime scene have concluded that the DNA corresponds to an Asian male, whereas none of the six suspects are of Asian origin.
The Knoops’ Innocence Project, representing three of the six suspects, will file a supporting revision request with the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, in addition to the lengthy request (160 pages) of the Attorney-General. If revision is granted, then the six suspects will receive a retrial. The Knoops’ Innocence Project hopes that this case shows that wrongful convictions are not only an American phenomenon, but happens worldwide. So far, four wrongful convictions have been overturned in the Netherlands. With these six and other possible wrongful convictions currently being investigated, this number can rise drastically in the following years.