The amount of illegal money in Amsterdam, and the undermining crime that comes with it, has reached a critical point, according to Amsterdam Ombudsman Arre Zuurmond. "It is too easy to earn money with crime. The government is intolerably absent, making the criminal career path too attractive to young people", Zuurmond said, Het Parool reports
In 2016 the Public Prosecutor seized a record amount of 402,081,905 euros in money and assets from criminals in the Netherlands, almost triple the 144 million euros seized in 2015, the Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
The government should be more aggressive in seizing criminals' earnings. At this stage the Netherlands is only seizing about 1 percent of the estimated 9.3 billion euros earned every year through drug trafficking, arms trafficking and human trafficking.
The police an Public Prosecution seized nearly 20 million euros in criminal money from underground bankers in 2014, the Public Prosecutor reports.
Police in Amsterdam have put out a public call for any information known about the escape route of the people who killed top criminal Gwenette Martha on Thursday, the 22nd of May in Amstelveen.