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Statement from the Republic of the United Netherlands


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Concordia Parvae Res Crescunt

The States-General of the Republic of the United Netherlands, to all whom it may concern, do by these Presents send greeting:

In accordance to the Wet Bijzondere Rechtspleging (Special Tribunals Act) which was voted into existence at the nineteenth day of August in the Year of Our Lord 2009 all crimes committed by foreign personnel in foreign service against citizens of the United Netherlands which could be labeled as a war crime or a crime against humanity will no longer be brought before a regular civic or military court but will be administered by a Bijzonder Gerechtshof (Special Tribunal) which will consist off two civil judges, two military judges and two experts on the rules of engagement.

For those that would ever commit such crimes against the United Netherlands there is a chance that if found guilty one will be made to serve long-term, or even life-long prison sentences or in the most extreme cases: face a military firing squad. There will be, in case when one is convicted, a 6 month period in which one can make an appeal. This can only be done once. After that six month period and if there has been no appeal one will be made to serve the full prison sentence or in case of a death sentence the convict will be executed.

And, for better maintaining all and every article hereof, we give to all and every one of you, legal authorities, by express command, full power and authority. In withness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, dated in our assembly at the Hague, the nineteenth day of August in the Year of Our Lord 2009, endorsed by the orders of the States-General, and signed J. De Asseliers (Chancellor of the Houses of the States-General) and J.M den Uyl (Raadspensionaris der Republiek).

Edited by DeRaadspensionaris
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