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Doede Nicolaas Rijpkema (Doede)
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Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 08:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In the Netherlands, where Iím a consultant, there are many asylum seekers from Somalia. A lot of them are rejected, for having damaged there fingers in order to prevent identification. Right now Iím approached by a solicitor, whoís client is accused of damaging his fingers. However, he claims to have worked for a long time on a spinning wheel, and this would be the reason for the poor quality of his fingerprints.
I told his solicitor that this was unlikely, that permanent damage would cause scars. I havenít seen the fingerprints yet, but to be honest, I started to doubt my first answer.
I had a case like this before, and in my final report I rejected the conclusion of the civil servant who claimed that the asylum seeker had damaged his fingers. However the prints had a poor quality, I was sure that he did not rub down his fingers with sandpaper or a brick wall. I did not really had an answer what caused the poor quality.

The spinning wheel story however makes me wonder, is it possible that this would cause permanent damage in a way of flattening the friction ridges? And if so, how can this be explained in relation to the generating layer?

I would be pleased if anyone had an answer on this one.

Yours sincerely

Doede Rijpkema

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