The request for clemency from the longest-serving prisoner in the Netherlands, Loi Wah C. (62), must be reassessed by Minister Sander Dekker (Legal Protection). The court in The Hague decided this on Wednesday. The four-time murderer was sentenced to life in 1989 for killing a family in Rotterdam.
The man has asked for a pardon six times before, but the requests have been denied each time. However, according to the court, Dekker did not properly motivate the last rejection.
This does not necessarily mean that the request for clemency will be approved. This is a reassessment that may also be to the disadvantage of C.
The court previously issued a positive advice on the request for clemency. The detainee’s situation had become so hopeless that it “must be classified as inhumane”.
C. went to the home of the Rotterdammers in the night of 10 to 11 September 1987. The plan was originally to blindfold them, but this didn’t work out. C. then stabbed the father, mother and their children to death with great violence. The oldest child was five years old, the youngest was a six-week-old baby.
In 1989 C. was sentenced to life imprisonment. Anyone who has been sentenced to life imprisonment can request a reassessment after 25 years.
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