Journalist questioned for leaving fake bomb at army base
Research journalist Alberto Stegeman is being questioned on Wednesday for leaving a fake bomb at an army base in Oldebroek in Gelderland, a spokesperson for the Koninklijke Marechausee confirmed, NU.nl reports.
According to Stegeman, he is being questioned as a suspect. He said he is suspected of violating the law that forbids leaving an object that appears to be an explosive, and that can carry a four year prison sentence. "Anyone have a good book?" he said on Twitter.
The journalist said that he will do his best to highlight the purpose of the action - to reveal holes in Defense's security.
Stegeman left the fake bomb in the dining room of the army base in Oldebroek in August for his program Undercover Nederland. The discovery of the fake bomb caused massive alarm. Part of the base was evacuated and Defense's explosive disposal department was deployed to investigate.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military.