A sign hanging in front of a Dutch police post - Credit: M.M.Minderhoud via Michiel1972 / Wikimedia Commons - License: CC-BY-SA
Thursday, 9 June 2016 - 13:45
Corrupt cop officially dismissed
Mark M., the police officer suspected of selling confidential criminal investigation information to criminals, was officially dismissed on Monday. According to the police, the preliminary results of the criminal investigation against M. give sufficient grounds for him to be dismissed. M. worked for the police from 2009 until his arrest in October last year. He was officially dismissed on Monday for "serious dereliction of duty", the police announced in a statement of Thursday. "This dereliction of is comprised of the frequent consultation of police systems and sharing this information with unauthorized persons." The now former cop spent eight months in custody before the court decided last week that he and fellow suspect Mark S. can await their trial in freedom. The trial is scheduled for May next year, with another pre-trial hearing scheduled for December 19th, 2016. The investigation into M. is still ongoing. The police recently revealed that they have four more suspects in sight, believed to be people who bought confidential information from M. M. damaged at least 10 criminal cases by selling information related to them, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said to parliament in January. According to the Prosecutor, M. sold this information in "monthly subscriptions" - he had 48 subscribers who paid him 5 thousand euros a month for information.