The Public Prosecutor must immediately drop a criminal case against two police officers suspected of involvement in large-scale cannabis production and trade in Almelo, the court in Almelo ruled on Tuesday. Like the two cops' lawyers, the court found that there is no evidence or any reason to prosecute the two officers, NU.nl reports.
Two police officers are suspects in a criminal investigation into an organized network involved in large-scale cannabis cultivation and trade in Almelo. They are accused of violating their official confidentiality and belonging to a criminal organization. Both officers have been suspended, ANP reports.
A 40-year-old police officer from the Zuid-West-Limburg district was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of computer intrusion and leaking police information, violation of official confidentiality, the Public Prosecutor announced.
So far the Prosecutor has no indications that the police officer leaked information to criminals or criminal organizations. "The investigation is still ongoing", the Prosecutor said.
The officer will be arraigned on Friday.
The police believe that a group of Moroccan criminals had help from a corrupt Tilburg police officer in 2014, the Public Prosecutor said in the criminal case against the former dog handler on Thursday, ANP report.
According to the Prosecutor, the officer gave the criminals police system information about the whereabouts of a rival. The information was used to put pressure on the rival's family. Attacks were carried out at the homes of the man's uncle, father and girlfriend in Nieuwegein in quick succession.
The Oost-Nederland police arrested two police officers on suspicion of violating their official confidentiality. They are suspected of participating in a criminal partnership, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to Peter Plasman, the lawyer representing police officer Faris K. who is suspected of leaking confidential police information, the Safety and Security Department's policy on who information can be shared with is very unclear. It is left up to the security officer himself to decide what information can be shared with who, Plasman said during a pro-forma hearing against K. in the court in The Hague on Monday, NU.nl reports.
Police officer Faris K., who is suspected of leaking confidential information about PVV leader Geert Wilders, also leaked information about Barack Obama's daughter when she visited the Netherlands, according to the Public Prosecutor. Which of the former American president's daughters is involved is not known, ANP reports.
A police inspector from the Den Haag unit is being prosecuted for selling information from the police systems. According to the Prosecutor, 62-year-old Johannes B. from Zoetermeer sold information related to 40 people, locations and license plates between 2015 and October last year, ANP reports.
The court in Den Bosch sentenced former police officer Mark M. to five years in prison on Monday afternoon. The 31-year-old man from Weert was found guilty of selling confidential police information to criminals for years, thereby earning at least 80 thousand euros. The sentence is equal to what the Public Prosecutor demanded.
A detective in the Den Haag police unit is suspected of leaking police information to criminals for a period spanning around 18 months, according to the Public Prosecutor. The 35-year-old man searched the police systems to find out whether there were investigations into certain suspects, NOS reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded five years in prison against former police officer Mark M. in court on Tuesday. He is suspected of selling confidential information about criminal cases to criminals for years and then laundering the money he made from it. The Prosecutor also wants to ban him from working in a public function for 10 years, NOS reports.
Amine A., a 29-year-old police officer in The Hague, was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday. He was convicted of bribery, participation in a criminal organization and attempted burglary. The court also banned A. form working as an official for nine years, NOS reports.
A 37-year-old police officer from the Zeeland-West-Brabant corps was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of leaking confidential information to a third party, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday. He is also suspected of possession and dealing of narcotics.
A 43-year-old man from Zierikzee was also arrested in the same investigation. He is suspected of trading in hard drugs. Three addresses were searched, though the prosecutor did not say if anything of consequence was found.
The police officer from The Hague unit arrested on suspicion of leaking information on Tuesday, spent some time working in the security team responsible for protecting PVV leader Geert Wilders, the Public Prosecutor said on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
The 31-year-old cop is suspected of violating professional secrecy and civil corruption.
A 31-year-old police officer from the Den Haag unit was arrested on Tuesday. He is suspected of leaking confidential information from the police systems to a third party, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement.
The cop was arrested by the Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal investigations at the police. He will be questioned in the coming days. His home ws also searched.
In official terms, the police officer is suspected of violating professional secrecy and official corruption, according to the Prosecutor.
Over the past year the National Police conducted 1,473 integrity investigations against police officers. A total of 126 officers were dismissed or suspended based on the results of such investigations, the Telegraaf reports based on figures requested from the corps leadership.
The trial against former police officer Mark M., suspected of selling police information to criminals, was delayed until at least December so that other witnesses can be questioned. In court on Tuesday M. said that he searched the police database as a "hobby", though refused to explain how the data he searched for ended up in criminal hands. He also claims that the police lured him into a trap when he was arrested, the Volkskrant reports
Police officer and former parliamentarian Hero Brinkman was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of breaching professional secrecy, his lawyer Richerd van der Weide confirmed, according to Het Parool and AD. Van der Weide only had brief contact with his client, so does not yet know exactly what is going on. Brinkman's home was also searched.
The Oost-Nederland police arrested a police officer in the same unit on Tuesday on suspicion that he leaked information from the police systems to suspects in a robbery investigation. The 26-year-old cop is officially suspected of violating official confidentiality, ANP reports.
It is as yet unclear whether the information leak had any influence on the robbery investigation. The man is in custody and will be questioned.
PVV leader Geert Wilders is resuming his party's public campaign for the upcoming parliamentary elections. "We are going into the country", he said on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.
An elite team of soldiers was deployed to help protect PVV leader Geert Wilders, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday based on its own sources. According to the newspaper, members of the Defense team Special Security Missions Brigade (BSB) have been guarding the PVV leader for a few days already.
The Ministry of Security and Justice would not confirm these reports to the newspaper. The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that forms part of the Dutch military, would also not comment on the matter. The BSB falls under the Koninklijke Marechaussee.
Following a number of major information leaks and integrity violation cases in the Dutch police and other investigative agencies, a major investigation was launched into corruption at the police, the Telegraaf reports. The investigation was launched in September and is being performed by the University of Maastricht, the Open University and Avans Hogeschool.
Faris K., the police officer in the Safety and Security Service suspected of leaking information to a criminal gang, was previously also suspected of integrity violations, newspaper AD reports. Faris K. was investigated for leaking police information while he worked at the Utrecht police, colleagues of the suspected cop told the newspaper. The outcome of that investigation is unclear.