Bribed detective damaged ten criminal cases, Justice Min. says

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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))

Mark M., the former police officer suspected of selling confidential police information to criminals, possibly corrupted "about ten" investigations, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote in a letter to the lower house of Dutch parliament, Het Parool reports.

According to Van der Steur, M. viewed and saved parts of more than a hundred criminal investigations in the police systems. The investigation into the matter is still ongoing, so the exact damage M. caused can not yet be certain.

M. was last year after sensitive police information was found during an investigation into a car dealer from Oirschot. According to the Public Prosecutor, M. copied thousands of pages of confidential investigation information from the police system and sold it to criminals

The former cop had basic access to the police search system Blue View, which gave him access to police reports, statements and other information. He had access to this system for years due to police errors. M. was appointed in a position of trust . And when he was removed from this position, his , so he still had access to confidential information.