The criminal case that starts today is about a stabbing that already took place in July 2020. Quincy Promes is suspected of stabbing his cousin in the knee at a family party in Abcoude. He sustained serious injuries, as a result of which he can work less with his handyman company.
Case often postponed
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) initially wanted to prosecute Promes for attempted manslaughter or aggravated assault. The charge was later upgraded to attempted murder. Today we will hear from the public prosecutor whether there is sufficient evidence for this. It is then up to the judge to decide whether Promes is guilty.
The case against Promes was often postponed. The cousin who was stabbed said last fall how frustrating that is for him.
When the stabbing took place, Promes was still playing football at Ajax. After his cousin filed a report, Promes was arrested and had to spend two nights in a police cell. A few months later, the footballer moved to Russia, where he now plays for Spartak Moscow.
Promes not present
Promes is not present in Amsterdam today. His lawyer, Robert Malewicz, explained to Het Parool this week that it is not possible for the footballer to come to the Netherlands.
“We did not come to an agreement in the negotiations with the Public Prosecution Service,” Malewicz told the newspaper. “They want to arrest him when he comes to the Netherlands and although we think we can quickly demonstrate that this is unjustified, he then runs the risk of being detained for a longer period of time. At least for a few weeks. Then he will fulfill his obligations towards Spartak not after and that could cost him his contract.”
There is also no video connection with Promes because, according to the court, this is ‘only possible with the permission of the international authorities’. Russia refuses to cooperate.
Numerous legal problems
This is not the first time that Promes has been tried in the case. He was previously found guilty by a civil court and had to pay compensation to his cousin. Promes appealed and that is still pending.
And then the footballer has even more legal problems. He is associated with large-scale drug smuggling. That is not what the court is about today, but his name fell, among other things, in a Rotterdam criminal case against drug lord Piet W., whom he allegedly paid 250,000 euros for a ripped batch of cocaine. Promes’ lawyer says this is nonsense. But this case is also a reason why the footballer does not come to the Netherlands: he can be arrested upon arrival here.