Netherlands

Penalty homicide up to 25 years

the Hague

The maximum prison sentence for manslaughter is increased from 15 to 25 years. This brings the sentence closer to the maximum sentence of 30 years for murder, which does more justice to the seriousness of the crime. The Council of Ministers has agreed to this, on the proposal of Minister Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and Minister Dekker for Legal Protection.

Minister Grapperhaus: “Raising the maximum sentence gives the judge the scope necessary to impose an appropriate sentence in all cases of manslaughter.”

Minister Dekker: “Homicide causes irreparable suffering to the relatives of victims, which includes a punishment that does justice to this.”

Homicide is sometimes very close to murder. Homicide is the deliberate killing of another person. Premeditated manslaughter is murder. Since the introduction of the Criminal Code, manslaughter is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. In 2006, the maximum term of imprisonment for murder was increased from 20 to 30 years, as an alternative to life imprisonment. By now increasing the maximum for manslaughter to 25 years, the gap between manslaughter and murder is being narrowed.

The Council of Ministers has agreed to send the bill to the Council of State for advice. The text of the bill and of the advice of the Council of State will be made public upon submission to the House of Representatives.

Penalty homicide up to 25 years
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