The ECtHR has ruled that imposing a confiscation order without a prior formal conviction does not amount in itself to a violation of Article 7 ECHR. In doing so, it is paving the way for a more extensive use of non-conviction based confiscation in Europe.
A Dutch judge has decided that the murderer of a populist politician killed in 2002, no longer has to report to the Probation Service, two years before his sentence was due to end. This is considered from a legal, societal and humane perspective.
Recent events underscore the need, demonstrated in a comprehensive study published earlier this month on the instrument of collaboration with justice, for the Dutch legislature to make clear decisions in an area which is both complex and controversial.