Thursday, January 28, 2016

Who ordered halting investigation of ministry deal with criminal?

Parliament has gone to great effort in obtaining more details regarding the huge amount of money restituted to a known criminal by the Ministry of Justice in 2014.  The deal was concluded by then prosecutor Fred Teeven, who later became Deputy Minister of Justice.  The then Minister of Justice, Ivo Opstelten, said that the payment was 1.25 million guilders.  However, the receipt could not be found.  It has now become known that ministry officials did know where the receipt was in 2014.  The commission of inquiry were told to stop the investigation – it is not clear on whose instructions.  In 2015 it was discovered that the amount in question was in fact 5 million guilders.  The day after this sum was disclosed, both Opstelten and Teeven resigned.  The commission headed by Marten Oosting, which investigated the so-called Teeven deal in the past, has now been asked to re-open its investigation.

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