The court in Almelo has sentenced two former police officers to 34 days in prison and community service of 240 and 180 hours respectively for violating their professional secrecy and computer trespass. The men passed on information from police systems to others over a period of three years. One of the two also did this to persons who were in the criminal environment and who were part of a criminal organization.
The court notes that the two maintained contacts with (now also convicted) members of the criminal organization and that they consulted the police systems several times. For example, after a cannabis farm was dismantled or about other matters in which the criminals were involved.
The lawyers stated that the two had occasionally passed on information, but that they had not done so continuously for years.
The Public Prosecution Service found that the suspects were also part of the criminal organization, but the court disagreed. The court does not think that the two are really involved in the aim of the criminal organization: cannabis cultivation.
Justice had demanded up to one year unconditional prison sentence against the ex-agents.