Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Complaint about perjury about shooting in Iraq
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 09:48
Survivors of an Iraqi man who was shot at a Dutch checkpoint in Iraq in 2004 have sued a member of the military police at the European Court.
The family members accuse the military police of perjury and forgery. They stand accused of deliberately omitting relevant information from the file to help the accused Dutch military man.
The fatal shooting incident took place in April 2004 at a Dutch checkpoint. The Iraqi man was killed when the car he was driving through the roadblock was fired at.
Initially, a Dutch lieutenant was considered a suspect. He had shot 28 times at the car.
However, the case was dropped because the victim was allegedly slain by an Iraqi bullet, according to the prosecution.
The court in Arnhem four years later rejected the demand by the next of kin that the prosecution still had to prosecute the soldier. According to the court, which based itself on the examination by the military police, it was likely that Iraqi soldiers had started shooting.
Recently, however, statements of eleven Iraqi soldiers surfaced, so far missing from the file.
From these statements it appears, according to lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld of the father of the dead man, that Iraqi troops have not fired on the car and the victim must have been killed by Dutch bullets.
The statements by the Iraqi soldiers according to the prosecution were not in the file, because they supposedly do not contain any relevant information. Zegveld thinks that the information was deliberately withheld in order to put the blame on Iraqi soldiers.
According to her, the court in Arnhem in 2008 would have made a different decision if the statements by Iraqi soldiers would have been known. She has now brought an action before the European Court in Strasbourg.