The family of Ivana Smit asked the Dutch Public Prosecution Service to investigate the young model's death in Malaysia early this month. The request was made after Dutch forensic pathologist Frank de Groot did a first autopsy on the young woman's body and found that some of her injuries are not consistent with a fall from a great height, the Telegraaf reports.
The authorities in Thailand launched the investigation into former coffeeshop owner Johan van Laarhoven from Tilburg at the request of the Dutch authorities, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice acknowledged in a letter sent to parliament, Omroep Brabant reports.
The Minister was responding to questions from concerned parliamentarians, demanding to know exactly how Van Laarhoven came to be prosecuted. They also want to know whether Van der Steur can help bring Van Laarhoven back to the Netherlands.