Second suspect arrested in Den Bosch mayor candidates leak

Arrest (Stock Photo: Politie)Arrest (Stock Photo: Politie)

A 64-year-old man from Rosmalen was arrested on Tuesday in an investigation into an information leak from the Den Bosch city council's trust committee that handles the appointment of a new mayor, reports.

This suspect does not form part of the trust committee, but did have access to information from the committee. How that is possible, is under investigation. He is suspected of leaking confidential information to newspaper Brabants Dagblad. 

The Rijksrecherche - the department that handles internal investigations at government organizations - launched this investigation in mid-July last year after Brabants Dagblad published detailed information about how candidates for mayors in 's-Hertogenbosch are selected, and the procedure surrounding the appointment of a new mayor. This procedure usually takes place under strict confidentiality. The newspaper revealed that Jan Hamming decided to become mayor of Zaanstad instead of Den Bosch at the last moment, and Jack Mikkers was then appointed as the mayor of Den Bosch.

In August last year a 55-year-old man from Rosmalen was arrested as part of the investigation. He was a member of the trust committee. The man has since been released from custody, but is still a suspect.