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The case of Lucia de B. must be reopened as soon as possible

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This full page advertisement was placed in the Dutch newspaper "NRC Handelsblad" last week. It contains the names of 850 Petition signatories. If you signed the online petition your name will be here too.
Here is a translation of the text:

Lucia de Berk was sentenced to life imprisonment for seven murders and three attempted murders. According to experts the deaths, when examined individually, could all be considered to be of natural causes and were initially recorded as such.
The fact that Lucia was present at a death "so often" was cause for suspicion for the hospital.
There are no witnesses, there is no proof, and no confession; there is however a negative image-forming through fear and rumour.
According to the court only one of the "murders" was proved, legaly and securely, the rest followed on in the so called "chain-construction". This one "murder" was apparently committed by an intoxication of "Digoxin". According to many top experts the possibility of Digoxin poisoning has since been discounted. The "Commission for Evaluation of Closed Cases" has found that had the court known this fact then acquittal in all ten cases would have followed. Their report concluded that there was also evidence of:
Incomplete statistical research and errors in that research:
Incomplete medical information:
"Coaching" of police by hospital staff:
Inaccuracies in the test methods for Digoxin:
Choice of expert witnesses was on the basis of personal acquaintence and not on level of expertise:
Not being open to alternative scenarios.
The Commission talks of "intuitive feelings".
Even so there is still no talk of reopening the case: first another investigation must take place.
Lucia will spend this Christmas in prison, for the seventh year.

More information on this disgusting state of affairs is to be found at (or the link "Freedom for Lucia" on the left of this page)

If you haven't done so already please, please read as much as you can about this case and sign the online petition, last week's 850 names have already grown to over 1100, including hundreds of scientists and experts in various fields.

Thank you for your support.

Carole, do you have anything to add?
19th Dec 2007, 09:33  


Dhamaka says:

thank you Marty,

Please get the message out there. Get people to sign the petition - especially if they are academics or professionals and especially if they feel able to put this (and their country of residence) on the petition.

If you can interest members of the press please put them in touch.

Despite the fact that the triumvirate recommended that she be released on bail the Dutch Powers That Be have declared she must stay in prison. Last time a similar disappointing thing was announced she had a stroke, lost the use of her right arm and now limps.

She is a strong woman but this will be the 7th Christmas she has been alone and in prison. I'm now writing to her three times a week in an attempt to show her that she's not alone (I fully realise there is no guarantee she'll get my letters but can only try).

Also if you want to send a message or image to her through me you have my email. Try and keep it upbeat though... she has enough bad stuff to contend with.

19th Dec 2007, 09:42

nige says:

props to Carole, Richard & Joker for sorting this out. i'm on that page somewhere.

19th Dec 2007, 09:51

Dhamaka says:

oh and you should now have received my first edit of the whole posthumus ii translation. Let me know if you haven't and I'll resend them pasted in the email body. Meanwhile I'll run though it all once again for consistency.

19th Dec 2007, 10:08

Geodyne says:

What Nige said. This whole situation has been absurd and out of the bounds of human reason.

I'm on that page somewhere as well. I have immense respect for the people giving their time for this cause.

19th Dec 2007, 11:52

winespy says:

wow, this is the first time i've actually taken it all in properly, if i can be of any help please let me know
i am signing now, all the best x

19th Dec 2007, 17:22