Dutch soldiers found guilty of Kunduz embezzelment

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Dutch soldier in a training exercise (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Gertrud Zach). Dutch soldier in a training exercise (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Gertrud Zach)

The three Dutch soldiers who were recalled from Afghanistan on suspicion of "a possible offense" by Defense last August, are guilty of "embezzlement in association". This was confirmed by the Public Prosecutor in Arnhem.

The Public Prosecutor did not explain how the embezzlement occurred. The three soldiers were part of the Dutch police training mission in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.

In January this year the three soldiers got a "transaction proposal" from justice, an unknown fine payable to the Central Collection Agency. The Public Prosecutor did not confirm whether this fine has been paid.

By paying the fine the three soldiers avoid further prosecution. The infringements will however be recorded in their criminal records.  A criminal record can lead to immediate dismissal for a soldier, depending on the gravity of the offence. At least two of the three soldiers are still in the service of defense.

Defense refused to comment on this matter.

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