Demissionary Minister Grapperhaus of Justice sees opportunities to store DNA material from many more perpetrators of serious offences in a database. Now that material is not taken away until someone has been convicted, but according to Grapperhaus, it is feasible to do so if someone is still a suspect. He writes that to the House of Representatives.
Now it often fails to take DNA, because convicts are already at large, or because they have appealed and are then untraceable.
At the request of the House of Representatives, Grapperhaus has had an examination of whether it is possible to acquire hereditary material at an earlier stage. That‘s feasible, he writes. The plan is to collect DNA from every suspect sent after questioning or insurance.
That material is then stored alone. Only when someone is actually convicted does the DNA get into a database that can help track down perpetrators in other criminal cases.
Grapperhaus has been in favour of such an amendment for a long time. According to him, it could lead to 99% of the perpetrators of serious offences getting DNA into the database. Now that’s 87 percent.
Bart of you.
For the Chamber, the Bart case of U. was the reason to insist on the faster storage of DNA material. Van U. came into the picture late as a suspect in the death of his sister Loïs and former minister Els Borst, because at a previous conviction he had forgotten to take DNA from him.
According to Grapperhaus, the investigation shows that it is possible to set up a “robust work process” when expanding to suspects. This involves the collection, storage, management, transport and destruction of the material. The latter will happen if the person concerned is not convicted.