It is a false statement. No, it isn't, Dutch courts are perfectly capable of sentence someone to prison.
Sure they can sentence, but if the person isn't there, this will be just that. And if the trial is absentee trial, and the suspect doesn’t take part - then this is not a competitive trial, and hence one sided. It’s not even good, it’s “better than nothing”. But not much, and still has its drawbacks.
Russian courts will never ever send these men to prison (there are Ukrainians with them, so your Russian courts don't have any jurisdiction there, unless you promote here that Russia is ruling there), no matter what the evidence is. As mentioned and as everyone knows Russian courts are the Kremlin courts, so they will never ever convict someone who is linked to the Kremlin.
The only sure way to find that out, and as well to have a real chance of impressing these men, is to go to Russian court. You will have to present your evidence of course - and yes, it all will be questioned. “Anonymous witnesses” may not fly as well.
First, read up then make statements. The International Criminal Court is an UN court, has nothing to do with Dutch justice system. And Milosevic was tried before the Jogoslav tribunal, so again an UN court, has nothing to do with the Dutch justice system. So this "argument" is at pair with all your other arguments.
I understand that you guys have (or at least had) a goal of establishing yourselves as a leader in international justice, and hence accept those judicial bodies. But you also need to understand that you are putting your reputation as well. You can’t first let into your country some doubtful establishments and then say “it’s not us it’s UN”. And this JIT thing doesn’t help either, with that many issues.
> Absentee is not a problem, but a choice of these four.
These four don’t care, whether or not there will be anything, and what will it be. Well, one of them is curious apparently
> Anonymous witnesses are normal when they are threatened with their lives, given the Putin regime's past behavior they have all reason to be afraid, as has been recognized by an independent judge.
> Anonymous witnesses are only part of the evidence which is going to be presented, are you going to wave everything away just as easily?
Yes, but when there are grounded suspicions that the process is political, stuff like anonymous witnesses doesn’t help, obviously.
> One of them takes it seriously enough to pay for a Dutch Lawyer to represent him in court.
At least somebody takes this seriously. What an achievement!
> The Putin regime cares enough to have the GRU involved and to send his troll army all over the internet.
To me, all these “GRU” articles are old town legends.
> Tsemakh? Your Putin regime demanded that he was released otherwise Ukrainian sailors would not be allowed to leave Russia, which illegally detained them.
This is what I am talking about as well. Ukraine has other priorities now.
> Heineken is for foreigners, I rather drink a good beer......
I am glad you know how to enjoy life. We should perhaps start a thread on good local craft beer. Thoughts?