A group of people are going to bring a so-called Article 12 procedure before the court of appeal in order to get rapper Akwasi to go to court after all. One of the 44 people who reported against the rapper confirms that against the CCeit.
The group disagrees with the decision of the Public Prosecution Service to dismiss the case against Akwasi conditionally. Last week, the Public Prosecution ruled that he was guilty of sedition because of his Black Peter threat at an anti-racism demonstration in Amsterdam. But in exchange for openly renouncing his words, the Public Prosecution Service felt that prosecution was unnecessary.
Some of the people who had reported it now felt that Akwasi should be prosecuted after all. According to one of them, Pieter Hollenberg, at least a dozen people are planning to start proceedings to get that done.
Two are going to start an Article 12 procedure on their own, said Hollenberg to the ANP. One is still in doubt and eight people have decided to move in together The initiator, he said, approached former lawyer Bram Moszkowicz to assist the group. The CCeit has not yet reached Moszkowicz to confirm this.
In the case of an Article 12 procedure, the court ultimately decides whether there are sufficient grounds to prosecute anyway. According to an OM spokesperson, there has not yet been a request for this procedure in the case against Akwasi.
The moment I see a Black Peter in November, I personally kick him in the face, Akwasi said on 1 June on Dam Square:
The dismissal of the Public Prosecution Service has been criticised, among other things, because the public prosecutor had sat on the board of the Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam with a foreman from the action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet. Her independence was questioned by, among others, PVV leader Wilders.
The Public Prosecutors Office continues to support the decision and says that it was made in close consultation with the Public Prosecutors Office and other officers. However, the public prosecutor who signed the decision was removed from a similar case. According to the Public Prosecutors Office, attention to her could be at the expense of attention to the substance of the case.
By letting Akwasi openly renounce his words, the Public Prosecution Service hopes to guarantee security during the Sinterklaas period. Mr Akwasi has a large constituency and can, by means of a statement to that constituency, send out the message that violence is unacceptable, the Public Prosecutor stated in a statement.