Paul Harland

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Paul Harland (15 April 1960 - 17 June 2003, Tiel) was the pseudonym of the Dutch science fiction writer Paul Smit. He had written several novels, one in English. And one of his collections was translated into English. Along with his writing he also designed furniture.


His death had initially been reported as a suicide. Later his husband, a Bosnian immigrant and architect named Tarik Dreca, was convicted for his murder. Tarik had apparently staged the death to look like a suicide. And yet, many questions remain open-the judges in both District Court's and Appeal Court's verdicta stated how neither suicide nor murder can't be excluded. No clear motif could have been established either. . Thus, instead of applyimg principle recognised in an international law, „In dubio pro reo“(When in doubt, for the accused), the court sentenced him although the guilt has not been „Proven beyond reasonable doubt“-the term from Anglo-Saxon law.The best known Dutch crime investigator journalist, Peter R. De Vries, also expressed his doubts in his programme about this case..


Four times, Harland won the King Kong Award, the major Dutch award for short science fiction, fantasy or horror stories, for Fuga in......
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