The court will not prohibit the broadcast of the documentary ‘The Nicky Verstappen case: Behind the scenes in the police investigation’ which is scheduled for broadcast on Sunday and Monday evenings on RTL4.
Jos B. tried to prevent the broadcast by means of summary proceedings. He believes that he is wrongly portrayed as a perpetrator, because he is a suspect. The case is still on appeal.
The judge turned down his request on Sunday afternoon. According to her, B.’s privacy is sufficiently guaranteed. Among other things, he is not recognizable in the picture, it is clearly stated that he is a suspect and at the end it is announced that there will be an appeal.
58-year-old B. was convicted by the court in Maastricht on November 20 for the abuse and kidnapping of 11-year-old Nicky in 1998, who died as a result. Both the Public Prosecution Service and B. appealed against the conviction of 12.5 years in prison.
No Pictures Please, a company of presenter Ewout Genemans and RTL, had been working on the documentary for quite some time. That was known, the lawyers of B. Genemans also spent three years with the investigation team. When it would be broadcast on TV, it was only announced this week via the TV program RTL Boulevard. Genemans calls it “very nice” in a first reaction that the broadcast can continue. “But I actually didn’t expect anything else.”
Last Friday, during the TV program Beau (also RTL4), Jos B. was called “perpetrator three times, instead of suspect”. That is why it was decided at the last moment for this preliminary relief proceedings, lawyer Adi van Koningsveld said in court. She also states that the “atmospheric documentary with tears and music underneath” is an infringement of B.’s privacy. Her request to preview the documentary was refused.
According to the lawyer of No Pictures Please, only public information has been used. Moreover, he mentions it separately that B.’s lawyer during the criminal case, Gerald Roethof, also announced that he would come up with a “counter-documentary” in this case, made by his sister Machteld.
According to Roethof, both matters must be viewed separately. Van Koningsveld believes that “RTL4 can set up a nice Christmas film instead”.
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