Amsterdam Mayor’s partner questioned over disabled revolver: Report

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A sign hanging in front of a Dutch police post. April 30, 2006Photo: M.M.Minderhoud via Michiel1972Wikimedia CommonsCC-BY-SA

The partner of Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema was formally questioned in connection with the ownership of a deactivated German revolver, according to newspapers Telegraaf and AD. Robert Oey was considered a crime suspect for the purpose of the interview, a spokesperson told the Telegraaf.

A spokesperson for the public prosecution service in Haarlem said the official interview was planned after Oey said the gun which led to the arrest of his and Halsema’s son was actually his.

The 15-year-old boy was taken into police custody after he and a friend allegedly broke into a vacant houseboat in Amsterdam Oost. Halsema said the boy wanted to take photos of himself and his friends with the gun. Following a nuisance report, responding police gave chase and the teenager tossed the weapon aside.

In an interview with NRC, Oey said the gun was his responsibility, and he stashed it in a drawer at the mayor’s residence without Halsema’s knowledge. He left it there before leaving for a business trip.

Oey told NRC he recently borrowed the gun for a film shoot just weeks before his son’s July arrest. The revolver was purchased in Germany about 20 years ago and used as a prop in a photo shoot.

Prosecutors planned to interview Oey later this week, but the questioning was moved forward because of the newspaper story. The prosecution service in Haarlem is handling the case to avoid conflict of interest accusations in Amsterdam.


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