Saturday, December 12, 2015

Commission of Inquiry: Huge mistakes in deal with criminal

In 2000, former public prosecutor Fred Teeven made a deal with drug criminal Cees. H.  Cees was given back 4.7 million guilders of his own money which had been blocked, and his punishment was reduced in exchange for information on other major criminal affairs.  This deal was investigated by a commission headed by ombudsman Martin Oosting.  The commission judged that this deal should not have been concluded.  Furthermore the heads of the public prosecutor’s office and the tax services were not told about the deal.  When the issue became public last year, Teeven was deputy Minister of Justice.  The then Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten misinformed parliament that the deal had cost 1.2 million guilders instead of 4.7 million guilders.  Both officials were forced to resign as a result of the misinformation.

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