In the Netherlands it was a long time usual that suspects were shown in the media with a bar in front of the eyes and were called with their initials. That unwritten rule got a blow in 2004 when a photo of Mohammed B., the murderer of Theo van Gogh, was publicly shown. Since then it has increasingly happened that a suspect is made public. The photo, name and surname of Brech, the suspect of the murder of Nicky Verstappen, are also openly shared. Then the question arises: to what extent do you have a right to privacy if you are suspected of a crime?
The decision to present the 55-year-old Brech prominently as a suspect during the press conference was not taken just like that, according to the head of Jan Eland, the Chief Justice Officer. Slightly more than two months they have tried to find him, but in vain. "It is someone who can survive in the forest. He has erased his tracks. We did not get any further in the research, so now we really need the help of the public. "Eland hopes that the search report will also search for Brech abroad. According to the chief officer, the police also have sufficient reason to look for the suspect in this way, he explains in Wednesday evening Leave on 1. "We have found traces on Nicky's clothes, and those traces are such that we draw the conclusion that the traces are those of Nicky's last hours. And the DNA extracted from these traces matches 100% with the suspect. "In such cases, the justice system asks whether the importance of sharing the photos and name is in proportion to the violation of privacy and whether it is the best or even the only way to reach the goal.