The former Number 2 at the Justice Ministry, who is now employed as a Connexxion bus driver, Fred Teeven received an extraordinary passenger Tuesday morning. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte took a ride on Teeven's bus travelling between Hoofddorp and Schiphol.
Before the receipt showing the amount involved in a deal made in 2001 between then Prosecutor Fred Teeven and drug criminal Cees H., an email was sent to at least four officials working closely with Prime Minister Mark Rutte that showed the correct amount involved in the deal, Nieuwsuur reporter Bas Haan revealed on Monday, the Volkskrant reports.
According to VVD Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the only winner in the giant affair surrounding a deal then prosecutor Fred Teeven made with suspected drug trafficker Cees H. in 2001, is the drug dealer. "It's sad", she said to NOS. "Three Ministers already stepped down. Someone must be laughing loudly in his sleeve, and that is the criminal in question."
Stef Blok will be Minister of Security and Justice until the elections on March 15th, the VVD confirmed on Friday morning Financieele Dagblad reports. Blok is taking over from fellow VVD member Ard van der Steur, who announced his resignation on Thursday after being accused of withholding information from parliament.
Almost all the leaders of political parties feel that Ard van der Steur's decision to resign after accusations of him withholding information from MPs was inevitable. Most Dutch newspapers also seem to respect his decision to step down, but point out that there are still unanswered questions and that the VVD's position is more fragile than ever.
Justice Minister Ard van der Steur resigned his position following a hearing in parliament Thursday where angry politicians accused him of withholding information from MPs. He is the fourth politician in this cabinet forced to resign over a deal the Justice Ministry made nearly 15 years ago when Fred Teeven, then in the prosecutor's office, approved returning millions more in seized cash to an alleged drug trafficker than was told to parliament years later.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice denies that he withheld information about a deal made in 2001 between then prosecutor Fred Teeven and drug criminal Cees H. "I told parliament exactly what I knew", Van der Steur said to BNR.
VVD Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice is again under fire about his role in a controversial deal Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2001. A book journalist Bas Haan wrote about this deal revealed that Van der Steur deliberately withheld information from parliament, first as a parliamentarian and then when he took office as Minister. The VVD also had this information, the Volkskrant reports.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice survived another debate without a vote of no confidence against him. In Wednesday's debate Van der Steur was under fire for a letter he helped former Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten write in the so-called Teeven deal while he was still a parliamentarian.
"There will be a fuss", now Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice commented in a draft letter about the so-called Teeven-deal when he was still a parliamentarian in 2014. Van der Steur released the draft letter, on which he made 18 suggestions and crossed off several sentences, on Monday
There is no evidence that Ministry of Security and Justice officials deliberately tried to cover up the receipt showing exact amounts involved in the deal then prosecutor Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H., the Oosting committee concludes in its second investigation into the so-called Teeven-deal
Minister Ard van der Steur ordered the Oosting-committee to re-examine the so-called Teeven-deal. He wants clarity as soon as possible on whether the receipt that showed the exact amounts involved in the deal Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. was deliberately withheld
The Dutch cabinet will be limping into the final 1.5 years of this term. While almost the entire opposition supported a motion of censure against the cabinet during the parliamentary debate about the so-called Teeven-deal on Wednesday, they managed to survive the vote, thoroughly chastised but alive.
Opposition parties are accusing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the VVD of putting fellow party members above the law, concocting a plan to keep former Justice Minister Opstelten in office, damaging the citizens' trust in the government and misleading the Netherlands as a whole, in the parliamentary debate on the deal then-prosecutor Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2000.
"The Cabinet accepts the conclusion of the investigative committee." The deal then-prosecutor Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2000 can not pass muster, Minister Ard van der Steur confirms in his answers on 250 parliamentary questions about the deal
The parliamentary debate about the scandal surrounding the so-called Teeven deal with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday may well put the Prime Minister on the defensive
The Oosting-committee's report on the deal Fred Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H., has the other parties smelling VVD-blood. And the first victim is to be Tweede Kamer president Anouchka van Miltenburg, who will be answering questions on her role in the affair on Tuesday. The Tweede Kamer is the lower house of Dutch parliament.
The deal Fred Teeven, a prosecutor at the time, made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2000 had serious shortcomings, according to the Oosting Commission's report on their investigation into the deal. The report contains scathing criticisms aimed at Teeven, former Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and parliament president Annouchka van Miltenburg
Drug criminal Cees H. warned former Justice State Secretary Fred Teeven that another criminal was planning to attack and kidnap him and keep him captive in a cage built in a junkyard for that purpose. Teeven, still a prosecutor at the time, was prosecuting the criminal in question - John V., alias The Hakkelaar - for large-scale drug trafficking.
Former Security and Justice State Secretary Fred Teeven believes that there was a conspiracy behind his resignation. According to him, the news about his deal with drug criminal Cees H. was deliberately brought out just before the elections.
New evidence that the the Public Prosecutor paid 4.7 million guilders to drug criminal Cees H. 15 years ago has been found in the criminal file of the person concerned, Trouw reports. It involves documents from the Public Prosecutor's earlier bookkeeping.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice will not comment on the statements made by former State Secretary Fred Teeven. Teeven said that ex-Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten knew that the deal with drug criminal Cees Helman in 2001 involved 4.7 million guilders.
Former Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten was well aware that the deal made with drug dealer Cees Helman in 2001 involved 4.7 million guilders, Fred Teeven, the former State Secretary of Security and Justice, said in an interview with Het Parool on Tuesday.
Former State Secretary of Security and Justice Fred Teeven is returning to the Tweede Kamer - lower house of Parliament. He will be taking the place of Ard van der Steur, who is replacing former Minister Ivo Opstelten as Minister of Security and Justice, RTL reports.