Thursday, 3 December 2015 - 07:59
Report: Corrupt cop accessed evidence in dozens of cases
Mark M., the former cop suspected of leaking confidential police information to criminals, obtained information from "dozens of criminal investigations", chief prosecutor Nicole Zandee said in an interview with NRC. This means that the corruption case against M. is even larger than initially thought. It is already known that M. had subscriptions running on the detective system Blue View, which automatically notified him of "mutations" in the police investigations into 23 specific suspects, when he was arrested. The judiciary is now investigating how many subscriptions he had in the years before his arrest, based on USB memory sticks confiscated from his and his parents homes, according to NRC. M. also reportedly had access to 27,971 "active interrogations" in the police records. The Public Prosecutor expects that the investigation into which criminal investigations' information were actually sold to the underworld will take until early next year at least. M. had access to the detective system for longer than he should have because his authorization was never revoked after he failed the screening by intelligence agency AIVD. There are currently four suspects in custody in connection with this case, including the 28 year old M. He is suspected of corruption, dereliction of duty and laundering criminal money. The other three suspects are believed to be his accomplices. The police believed that one acted as middleman, or some kind of information broker, and that the other two were buyers. Zandee believes that more arrests will follow. Zandee confirmed to NRC that M. did "not have access to data from the investigation into the downing of flight MH17". This was a concern because M. traveled to Ukraine on a regular basis and is married to a Ukrainian woman. He also did not have access to information about undercover police officers, according to the prosecutor. On Wednesday EenVandaag reported that M. gave information to cannabis cultivation suspects in Limburg and Brabant, which led to them being able to remove incriminating materials from their nursery shortly before a police raid.