Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security wants stricter legislation to prevent mayors from being threatened. The maximum prison sentence for threatening a public official must be increased from two to four years, and the Minister is also looking into how the government can confiscate more money and possessions from serious criminals, he said in an interview with the Telegraaf.
Dutch people's confidence in each other and in the institutions increased almost across the board last year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday. The Dutch have most confidence in the police with 74.5 percent saying they trust the police, and least in the church with only 31.2 percent.
On Tuesday last week the municipality of Helmond dismissed a senior official "with immediate effect" for committing fraud, the municipality confirmed to Omroep Brabant. The municipality would say nothing about the official's identity or function.
Sources within the municipality told the broadcaster that the official worked as manager of the Department of Internal Services. Another source said that the fraud involved at least 20 thousand euros.
The Helmond college of Mayor and Aldermen also would no comment on the matter, in an effort to protect the official's privacy.