One of the suspects in the assault case in Mallorca reported to the police in the Netherlands on Sunday. His lawyer Jaap-Willem Roozemond confirms this on Wednesday NRC following reports in geving The Telegraph. The newspaper also reports that a second suspect has come forward, but the police cannot confirm this. No one has been arrested.
The lawyer, one of the suspects, previously argued in favor of the case taking place in the Netherlands, because the victim and the suspects have Dutch nationality. The Public Prosecution Service (OM) stated that it is “in theory possible” to conduct the investigation in the Netherlands, but “it is more common” that the case is served in Spain, since “the crime was committed there”.
The Public Prosecution Service announced on Wednesday that it is awaiting a request for legal assistance from Spain. Only when this is available, the Dutch police can arrest any suspects. A spokesperson for justice says that contact has been made with Spanish colleagues. “Spain is in charge of this investigation. That’s where the incident happened, so they determine the progress.” The Netherlands may hand over the suspects to Spain, if the Spanish authorities so request.
The Spanish police say to local media that the investigation into the incident is still ongoing. A court in Palma may issue an arrest warrant on Wednesday, after which Spanish agents will leave for the Netherlands to arrest eight suspects. They would have boarded the plane to the Netherlands after the incident. Four other suspects have not yet been identified.
Spanish newspapers wrote on the basis of camera images and conversations with bystanders that the group of suspects attacked the other holidaymakers “for no reason”. Previously, the suspects – all between 18 and 20 years – would have been kicked out of a nightclub. The group rented a holiday villa near Mallorca.
This weekend, a 27-year-old boy from Waddinxveen was killed in a fight on the boulevard in Mallorca. CCTV footage showed the victim was kicked several times in the head while lying on the ground. He was then admitted to intensive care with brain injuries, where he eventually died.