Thursday, November 29, 2007

Soldiers Sentenced to Community Service

Two soldiers accused of locking up a female colleague in a chest on the frigate HMS ‘Tjerk Hiddes’ have been sentenced conditionally to thirty hours of community service. A superior who stood by and watched without intervening was sentenced to twenty hours. The conditional punishments came as a result of an extensive investigation of rapes, assaults and maltreatments which allegedly took place regularly on board the ship. In the end only the incident with the chest remained. The punishments are more lenient then originally demanded by the Ministry of Justice. According to the court the soldiers involved had been unfairly accused of various abuses. Therefore the sentences will be served only if they commit any additional crimes.

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