In The Hague on Saturday (4 March) the Dutch Cabinet met at the rea???ce of?
In The Hague on Saturday (4 March) the Dutch Cabinet met at the rea???ce of Prime Minister Barend Biesheu to continue debating whether of not three Nazi war criminals still held in a Dutch prison should be released. Early in the evening the Cabinet finally decided to reverse an earlier decision made by Parliamentary resolution, to release the men......but ??? it would seek medical and other expert advice in considering the N???' individual applications for pardon. The decision followed 15 hours of Cabinet discussion, stretching over two days, on the emotional issue which had deeply divided the Dutch people. The prisoners... who've already served 27 years of a life sentence... are Franz Fischer, Joseph Kota???a, and Ferdinand Sus Der Fuenten. All had been originally sentenced to ??? for the deportation and subsequent extermination in Nazi concentration camps of 13,000 Dutch Jews. The death sentences were afte???ds commuted to life imprisonment.
Saturday's session began amid speculation that Premier Barend Bie??? was under combined pressure from Both Queen Juliana and Parliament. What began as a straightforward legal problem, blew up into a national row when the Cabinet decided to consult Parliament before making up its mind.