Editorial: Equal treatment

POSTED: 02/3/14 11:57 AM

The Public Prosecutor’s Office maintains that it treats identical cases always the same way, as the reaction to statements made by Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel show. That is of course a laudable objective, but the question has now been posed whether this is really true.

Few people ever wonder what exactly represents the so-called “shocked legal order.” This legal argument is often used to justify someone’s prolonged detention, or to support a court ruling.

Was that legal order shocked when Van den Heuvel paid Patrick Illidge on the by now infamous bribery-tape? And if so, how did this materialize?

If we take it for a fact that the legal order was shocked when those $15,000 changed hands in September 2012 and if we also accept that taking a bribe is more serious than offering one, the difference in treatment between Van den Heuvel and Illidge becomes almost debilitating.

By the time this case goes to court – if it ever gets there – the treatment of the suspects will have become a footnote against the background of more serious issues.

For now the injured party will have to put up with the perceived injustice and wait for what the independent judge will have to say about it later on.

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