Exceeding pre-trail detention time legally covered

PHILIPSBURG–The Court of First Instance on Sint Maarten, at the request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM), agreed with the exceeding time limits for suspects currently detained pending further investigation and/or their day in Court.

This in the case of all suspects for whom, due to the passage of Hurricane Irma, extension of the detention was not requested on time. The Prosecutor has submitted on Wednesday, September 13, a request in Philipsburg to the Court regarding Article 413 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The request was specifically in cases where the deadlines have expired.

The judge has agreed with the request. All overruns of the deadlines are now all covered and no suspects will be set free due to this new situation, according to Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Norman Serphos on Thursday.

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Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/69355-exceeding-pre-trail-detention-time-legally-covered

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