~Public Prosecutor confirms that van Heyningen remains a suspect in double murder~
PHILIPSBURG – 721news spoke with Sulvaran & Peterson Attorney-at-Law Sjamira Roseburg who said that Fernando van Heyningen was arrested on August 29, as a suspect in the double murder, which took place on January 6, 2017.
The Judge of Instruction ruled that the arrest was unlawful and considered that there was no reason or evidence in the file to substantiate his arrest. The Judge of Instruction also deemed the police custody and the extension thereof unlawful.
According to Roseburg, “There isn’t any evidence present or in other words there isn’t any suspicion of guilt to qualify van Heyningen as suspect, let alone to have detained him for 2 days and subsequently extend for 8 days.”
The Judge of Instruction ordered the immediate release of van Heyningen on the fact that there’s no evidence that he was involved in the fatal shooting on January 6, 2017.
Attorney Roseburg argued successfully that van Heyningen cannot be considered a suspect based on the documents presented to the court. Having followed the attorney’s plea and ruling in her favor, the Judge of Instruction ordered the immediate release.
721news got in contact with the Prosecutor’s Office via the Spokesman Norman Serphos who told our newsroom: “The suspect F. v. Heyningen was presented by the Public Prosecutor at the investigative judge. He was released by the Investigative Judge due to the fact that the arrest was unlawful, but the search was lawful and correct, according to the law.”
The Prosecutor confirmed that van Heyningen remains a suspect in the case and the investigation will continue.
Serphos said more information and further details could not be given at this time.