Employees of Amsterdam's radicalization department were eavesdropped on and observed by a police team in the search of malpractice evidence against Saadia Ait-Taleb, her lawyer revealed in a pro-forma hearing in the criminal case against Ait-Taleb and co-defendant Said J. on Thursday. Ait-Taleb and J. are suspected of forging three invoices, Het Parool reports.
Former anti-radicalization official in Amsterdam Saadia Ait-Taleb will be prosecuted for forgery with invoices. She is suspected of messing with payments to a vlogger with whom she also had a personal relationship. He too will be prosecuted, NOS reports.
The forgery with invoices involved an amount of around 300 thousand euros. There were unspecified invoices, double payments and other irregularities, according to the broadcaster.
Amsterdam's approach to radicalization and the city's radicalization department are failing, and that can partly be attributed to the attitude of late mayor Eberhard van der Laan, is shown in two investigations launched after the dismissal of anti-radicalization officer Saadia ait-Taleb. Van der Laan was more focused on achieving fast results than following the rules and procedures, and as a result the Amsterdam anti-radicalization department risked derailing completely, Het Parool reports.
The dismissal of Amsterdam anti-radicalization official Saadia ait-Taleb will be maintained for the time being, the Amsterdam court ruled on Thursday. According to the court, her relationship with vlogger Said J., who worked as a freelancer for the municipality, was too close to avoid conflicts of interest, the Volkskrant reports.
Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan acknowledged that there are problems in the municipality's department that works on combating radicalization among young people. An external team is being established to review the anti-radicalization department, Van der Laan wrote in a letter to the municipal council on Wednesday, NOS reports.
A believed to be de-radicalized man spread propaganda for the jihad while working with young people in Amsterdam's radicalization and polarization department, the Telegraaf reports based on sources.
The Amsterdam city council requested an urgent debate on the city's anti-radicalization policy following the suspension of city official Saadia a.-.T. of the Radicalization and Polarization Department. The city council wants to know from mayor Eberhard van der Laan whether the municipality responded adequately to reports about radicalized youth in the city, Het Parool reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam suspended the manager of its Radicalization and Polarization Department on suspicion of fraud, sources confirmed to Het Parool and the Telegraaf. According to the newspapers, she is suspected of invoice fraud and conflict of interests.
The Public Prosecutor launched a criminal investigation into the matter after the municipality's integrity office called in the police, Het Parool reports. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan informed the city council about the case last week.