Prince Bernard did not order investigation De Roy van Zuydewijn
Prince Bernhard did not commission an investigation into Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn, but had " every right " to request an investigation, so there is no reason to apologize, stated Prime Minister Rutte today in the House.Several fractions in parliament asked Prime Minister Rutte clarification about the investigation into De Roy, during the debate on the budget General Affairs.
Rutte reported it was the decision of the Royal and Diplomatic Protection ( DKDB ) to investigate. As a person in their protection, Prince Bernard was obligated to report possible risks in his environment, and he did so " in accordance with the rules." ' Prince Bernhard had every right to ask DKDB to carry out an investigation. He saw reason to do so. The Prince acted within his limits and he did not order the investigation," according to Rutte. He added that a protected person is never authorized to issue orders for an investigation into third parties.
The investigation was of a " routine " nature and lasted two days and would probably have taken place, regardless of Bernhard's request. It is also normal that the Minister of Justice was not informed, according to Rutte. The prime minister doesn't deem a meeting with De Roy necessary, because all the facts are on the table now. He hopes it will put De Roy's heart at ease, but there's no reason for apologies.
The investigation did not extend to De Roy's mother and sisters. Whether any research has been done into De Roy after 2003, Rutte would not say. He only said he had no evidence.
Tuesday night Rutte confirmed that Prince Bernhard had De Roy Zuydewijn, who was the partner of his granddaughter Princess Margarita at that time, investigated in 2000. The study was conducted by the DKDB and the National Security Service ( BVD , now AIVD ). Bernard was under protection of the DKDB, and in that capacity he asked questions about safety risks. According to Rutte he did not violate any rules doing so.
This news only now comes out, because only now questions are asked concerning the DKDB, since 2003. All questions were always about the AIVD, stated Rutte. A month ago, when questions started coming in about the DKDB, Rutte decided it was time to release the new facts. Before 2004, that would not have been an option, because Prince Bernard was still alive then, and it could have hurt his reputation.
Several parties wanted to know if it's common practice for people who are under protection, to issue requests to have third parties investigated, and whether it's normal for the Minister of Justice to not be informed about it.
SP MP Van Raak wanted to know if is normal for the security services to carry out investigations without the government being aware, and if Rutte was prepared to offer apologies.
MP Jeroen Recourt ( PvdA ) stated in his speech that the norm should not be that citizens determine which investigations the services engage in. The way the news came out gave the impressions that Prince Bernard gave the order to initiate the investigation. He wanted to know from Rutte if measures have been taken to prevent what happened with Prince Bernard in 2000, from happening again.
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold wanted to know why the Minister of Justice at the time was not aware of the investigation into De Roy. He wanted to know if any member of the royal family can request an investigation without the government knowing? Or if anyone, protected by the DKDB, can request information about third parties? Pechtold asked Rutte to send in a review of the facts, and if the CTIVD, the supervisor of the AIVD, would review the actions of the service.
Kees van der Staaij ( SGP ) was brief on the issue of De Roy and just wanted to know whether any protected person is entitled to make inquiries about a third party, as Rutte implied in his letter the day before.