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Saturday, May 22, 2004

I used to think that I wanted to live in the Netherlands. Stories like this one lead me towards changing my mind about the place.

AMSTERDAM — The prosecution demanded on Thursday a jail term of 1.5 years be handed down on a disabled 71-year-old man who shot and killed a robber at his business in Leidschendam last year.

But the prosecution also told a court in The Hague that the man’s time spent in remand detention should be subtracted from his jail term, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Friday.

Cees Gardien — who is sick and spends most of his time in a wheelchair — reacted with disappointment. “I am not a murderer and I did not want to kill the man. I have never done something wrong and yet I am treated like this.”

I'm sorry, but if that had been me, I would have done the same thing. If anyone has any ideas how we could break Mr. Gardien out of that cesspool of justice, I'm all ears. This man deserves a medal, not a jail sentence.

Hat tip to Clayton Cramer.


.: posted by Dave 2:21 PM

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