The Public Prosecutor is busy with a criminal investigation against ING in which the bank is suspected of involvement in international corruption, money laundering, violating rules for customer due diligence and failing to report unusual transactions, a spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office confirmed to the Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday.
Following a number of major information leaks and integrity violation cases in the Dutch police and other investigative agencies, a major investigation was launched into corruption at the police, the Telegraaf reports. The investigation was launched in September and is being performed by the University of Maastricht, the Open University and Avans Hogeschool.
Former VVD deputy Ton Hooijmaijers was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for corruption, forgery and money laundering by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The Supreme court thereby upholds a ruling made by the court of appeals in April 2015, NU.nl reports. Hooijmaijers himself filed the appeal to the Supreme Court. No further appeal is possible.
The Supreme Court did agree to give a 2 month shortage on the imposed sentence of 2.5 years because the court exceeded the reasonable time limit for submitting documents, according to the newspaper.
The Netherlands is among the top ten least corrupt countries in the world, according to the annual Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International. In 8th place with a score of 83 out of 100, the Netherlands stands above neighbors Germany (10th place) and Belgium (15th place).
The list consists of 176 countries. The average score was 43 out of 100.
Dutch business executive Peter Wakkie was not exactly surprised when he was arrested at Madrid airport in Spain on Monday. "I saw it coming", he said in a telephonic interview with Financieele Dagblad on Thursday. Wakkie was arrested as part of an investigation into a criminal organization, money laundering and bankruptcy fraud, a spokesperson for the Spanish police confirmed to the newspaper.
Dutch lawyer and business executive Peter Wakkie, who was arrested in Spain on Monday, was released from custody. Wakkie was arrested on Monday morning and released at 00:30 a.m. on Tuesday, after the Spanish authorities were through with questioning him, a spokesperson for the businessman in the Netherlands said to ANP after making contact with the man.
A Dutch police team aimed at fighting corruption in the Caribbean part of the Netherands, is gaining steam. On Monday the team raided a number of properties on Sint Maarten and arrested a 35 year old man. He is suspected of money laundering, forgery and tax evasion, the Volkskrant reports.
The screening process for new recruits was adjusted due to capacity problems, police union NPB told the Volkskrant. According to the union, there are concerns within the police that this will lead to more corruption as susceptible applicants won't be screened out.
Jos van Rey is refusing to give up his seat on the Roermond city council. The vast majority of the council wants the politician to step down after he was convicted of corruption, but Van Rey is not leaving, he said during a city council meeting on the ruling culture on Thursday
Jan Struijs, chairman of police union NPB, is calling for a large-scale and broad investigation into corruption within the National Police. According to him, the police leaders are naive if they don't realize that the police are now more vulnerable to corruption practices
The Hague police officer arrested in June for leaking confidential police information, leaked information about cannabis plantations to cannabis thieves, the Public Prosecutor revealed on Thursday. The 28-year-old cop is suspected of corruption, violating professional secrecy, complicity in burglaries and participation in a criminal investigation.
The court in Rotterdam sentenced former VVD alderman in Roermond Jos van Rey to 240 hours of community service on Tuesday. The Public Prosecutor demanded a 2 year prison sentence and will appeal against the court ruling
At least four employees of the Amsterdam municipality were or will be dismissed because they are suspected of fraud involving several million euros, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote in a letter to the Amsterdam city council on Tuesday. A procedure for dismissal is underway
A 28-year-old police officer in The Hague was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of leaking information from police systems to third parties, the Public Prosecutor announced. The information leaked was not investigation details, according to the prosecutor.
The Public Prosecution Service is running out of money, chief executive prosecutor Herman Bolhaar writes in the Public Prosecutor's annual report. An additional 40 million euros per year is necessary for the Prosecutor just to keep functioning. More will be needed to cope with organized crime, corruption and the rapidly expanding cybercrime
The Public Prosecutor committed "character murder" against former Roermond alderman Jos van Rey in the corruption case against him, Van Rey's lawyer Gitte Stevens said in court on Monday. According to the lawyer, the Prosecutor jumped the gun in the case and then could not retreat when there was no evidence against her client
Former VVD politician Jos van Rey landed himself in a world of cronyism, bribery and corruption, the Public Prosecutor said in court on Tuesday in the formulation of the sentence demand against Van Rey. "It appears that the suspect got caught up in his own success and lost feeling for what can and can not be", the prosecutor said
ABN Amro again surfaced in the Panama Papers. This time in the form of accounts and loans given to companies connected to a controversial billionaire
The Public Prosecutor demanded that Mark M., the former police officer suspected of leaking confidential information to criminals, remain in custody until his trial. There are indications that M. plans to leave the country if he is released, the prosecutor told the court in Den Bosch on Tuesday
Dutch central bank DNB launched an investigation into possible money laundering in professional football. The financial authority is investigating banks and trust companies to find out whether the financial sector is properly able to recognize and address match fixing and shady transfer deals, DNB announced on Thursday
A customs officer at the port of Rotterdam was arrested early this month on suspicion of corruption, leaking confidential information, involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday.
Former prime minister of Curacao Gerrit Schotte was found guilty of bribery and ordered to serve three years in prison, a court ruled on Friday. It is equal to the demand made by the prosecutor handling the case.
The Netherlands is the 5th least corrupt country in the world, according to the 2015 corruption index by Transparency International, the worldwide corruption watchdog. The Netherlands shares fifth place with Norway.
Criminal law expert Theo de Roos fears that the corruption scandals recently surrounding Ukrainian secret service SBU will make it more difficult to prosecute those responsible for the disaster with MH17. Much of the evidence in the criminal investigation comes from the SBU