Reporter: More arrests likely in police corruption case

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New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie)New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie)

The highly experienced detective from the National Investigation Services held for allegedly selling confidential information to criminals is likely the first of several more arrests to come, NRC journalist Marcel Haenen told NOS Radio 1 Journaal.

The newspaper reported that large quantities of cash and a computer were seized from the officers’ residence, although representatives from the prosecutor’s office have not confirmed this. The suspect was arrested on September 29 and was remanded to custody on October 2.

"I have reason to believe that he is not alone," Haenen said. Now, concern is rising for the safety of people involved in the investigations that could have involved leaked information.

"There are witnesses and infiltrators that are deployed in these major criminal cases. If the underworld becomes aware of the identity of such persons, it is not so difficult to imagine that people can expect reprisals," Haenen stated.

The policeman that was arrested had access to most of the ongoing national major criminal investigations and has been held on suspicion of corruption, dereliction of duties and laundering of criminals’ money.

"He was on good terms with a number of men of the criminal motorcycle clubs, Haenen said. One man thus far has been detained for the procurement of investigation information.

A representative from the Den Bosch prosecutor’s division also told the newspaper that the matter is “quite sensitive” and that the arrests have been kept relatively quiet “in the interests if the investigation.”