Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Cevdet Yilmaz of Turkish origin, who was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing 6 people, one of whom was a child, in a cafe in the Netherlands, was pardoned by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, despite all the objections of the government.
In the Netherlands, which is among the countries in Europe that implement a life sentence to the end, Cevdet Yilmaz became the first convicted person to be pardoned since 1986, BBC Turkish's Yusuf Ozkan reported on the issue.
Cevdet Yilmaz killed 6 people, including a 12-year-old girl named Carmen Sneeks, in a 1983 incident at a cafe called Koetsiertje in Delft, The Netherlands.
Yilmaz, who regularly filed lawsuits against the Dutch state, requested amnesty, arguing that he had spent many years in prison and had served enough.
But Dutch Law Protection Minister Sander Dekker said that the release of a person who killed 6 people into society would cause deep wounds near the victim, and Yilmaz should remain behind bars for life. However, Cevdet Yılmaz's request for mercy, which stated that he had been in prison for about 40 years, was accepted by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.