Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Judge: Jail Fugitive Entitled to Unemployment Benefits

The Hague municipality has failed to reclaim 46,000 Euro in unemployment benefits from a drugs dealer who didn’t report back to prison after a short leave in 2002. In addition the man had continued dealing in drugs. The criminal had been receiving unemployment benefits under his own name for more than five years. A Hague judge ruled that being a fugitive does not mean that a person is not entitled to unemployment benefits. Even the criminal’s lawyer was surprised by this judgment. He also expressed surprise that someone who should still be in jail for another several months had not been arrested by the police.

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