Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Deputy Minister: Thirty suspected war criminals entered the Netherlands in 2015

Deputy Minister Klaas Dijkhoff has written to parliament that at least thirty asylum seekers who entered the Netherlands in 2015 are suspected of war crimes. Ten of these arrived from Syria, the others from Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Georgia.  Dijkhoff says that about the same number arrived in 2014.  Such asylum seekers have no right to asylum status. However, they also cannot be expelled as that transgresses international treaties. They cannot be jailed if there is not enough proof to prosecute them.  Most war crime suspects currently in the Netherlands are Afghans.

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