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Violence committed under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be punished more severely

25 March 2011

Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice intends to punish violent offences committed under the influence of alcohol or drugs more severely.

The police will register the use of alcohol and drugs when a violent offence is committed in order to be able to designate such use as a ground for increasing the punishment. The police will also be authorised to conduct drugs and alcohol tests from those suspected of violent offences for this purpose. The Minister intends to amend the Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure.

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