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Fiches Belges: Netherlands

European Arrest Warrant (901)



Is this measure possible in your Member State under International Judicial Cooperation?

The Prosecution Service Amsterdam, the Centre for International Legal Assistance, is the competent authority to receive and to execute the incoming EAWs. The Amsterdam Court for International Legal Assistance is the central authority to decide upon the EAWs. The wanted person can consent to his immediate surrender until the day of the courtsession. He cannot withdraw his former consent. After the person has been surrendered according to this accelerated procedure, he automatically has waived the specialty rule. In case there is a pending Dutch criminal proceedings, the actual surrender will be postponed, in order to finalize the Dutch criminal case. A temporary surrender can be initiated, in which the minister of justice and security will set the conditions that have to agreed upon by the issuing authority.



International legal framework applicable for this measure in your Member State

The Framework Decision 2002/584 has been implemented by the Dutch Surrender Act, in Dutch: Overleveringswet, of 29 April 2004.



* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation

IRC Amsterdam Tel (+31) 088 699 1270 Fax (+31) 088 699 0128 E-mail Postal address Postbus 115 1000 AC Amsterdam

* execute/recognise the measure (if other than the receiving authority)

If the wanted person consents to his immediate surrender, the public prosecutor Amsterdam decides on the surrender. The actual surrender will take place within approximately 10 days after the arrest. If the wanted person does not consent to his surrender, the International Legal Assistance Court Amsterdam is the central authority to decide on the EAW. According to Dutch law the court will decide within 60 days after the arrest, and can prolong this timeframe with 30 days. After 90 days, the court will suspend the detention of the wanted person, under conditions, such as to report himself to the police every week or to hand in his passport.



Accepted languages for the request/decision

English and Dutch



Deadlines for the execution of the request/decision (where applicable)

The Court will decide upon the EAW, within 60 days, or they can prolong till 90 days, after the arrest of the wanted person. In case the court needs more time to decide on the EAW, in most cases the detention of the wanted person might be suspended. The court will still decide on the EAW. After the decision on the EAW, the Amsterdam Prosecutor’s Office will have 10 days to arrange for the actual surrender. If this time frame cannot be met, this period can be prolonged with 30 days.



a. Special requirements

When the wanted person is entitled to a return guarantee, the public prosecutor should be able to present this guarantee in court before the EAW can be approved.

b. Other useful information

It is possible to ask for the seizure of goods that the wanted person carried with him/her at the time of the arrest. Regarding seizure, you can fill in paragraph g) in the standard EAW form. If you have reason to believe that the wanted person will try to flee, in order to prevent his actual surrender, after being arrested and after a possible suspension of his detention, please mention this explicitly in the EAW. A suspicion for fleeing from surrender, can arise for instance by the existence of banking accounts abroad, an international network of co-authors where he can hide from justice, premises abroad, a double nationality in a country that does not extradite own nationals etc etc. Also a criminal record in his homeland can indicate that the wanted person may have reason to try to avoid his transfer to the issuing country. Please note that - the EAW will be served on the wanted person after his arrest. Therefore we advise not to give information about co-authors that you are still looking for in the investigation. - we will not check on the proportionality of the EAW. This is not a ground for refusal. However, we do expect the issuing country to do a proportionality check. - If you combine the EAW with a MLA request, for instance a search of premises, and the arrest of the wanted person, we advise to send in the EAW together with the MLA and not to have the notification in the Schengen system (SIS II), because you risk the sudden arrest of the wanted person by a traffic control.

Last reviewed on 16 March 2018 by Tools Correspondent

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