No comment on this one. What can I say? It seems that madness is everywhere.
From the Netherlands:
Acquittal for Man with Loot in his Pocket
THE HAGUE, 11/03/08 — A district court in Rotterdam has acquitted a 20 year old Somali of a mugging. Although the police found his loot in his pocket, the judge wanted to see more evidence.
The victim said he was threatened by the Somali, who told him he had a revolver aimed at his back. He received a blow on his head and was forced to surrender his wallet. When the police arrived they found the wallet in the Somali’s jacket pocket. The Public Prosecutor (OM) considered robbery proven, but ran up against the judge, who wanted to see further evidence.
The judge was unmoved by the OM’s argument that the victim had given a very detailed statement and the fact that the Somali had been convicted of mugging earlier, Additionally the suspect lied in more than one court case in the past, the OM argued in vain.
“One must certainly have guts to immediately mug someone again after just having served a prison sentence of some months. One must also assume that the defendant has learned something from the sentence and that it has made him wiser,” according to the judge, who ordered the man’s release.
The Somali showed that this was not enough for him. He was kept in custody for two months despite, he claims, being innocent and will demand damages from the man who accused him.
Hat tip: Fjordman.