The House of Representatives wants a text and explanation from the Minister of Justice about the serious mistakes made by the police and the Public Prosecution Service in the run-up to the murder of journalist Peter R. de Vries, lawyer Derk Wiersum and the brother of Nabil B’s key witness. reporter Sophie van Leeuwen will be the ‘fireworks’ at the debate.
All three victims played a prominent role in the large Marengo liquidation process. Ridouan Taghi is on trial as the main suspect and the trial against him and his gang is still ongoing. The debate that is now being held follows a highly critical report by the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) into the protection of victims and their immediate environment.
The report concluded that the government services did not or did not share information with each other properly. As a result, no appropriate action was taken. Yesilgöz acknowledges the mistakes: “I deeply regret it,” the justice minister said earlier. Yesilgöz has also apologized to the relatives of the victims.
The minister was already working on reorganizing the system of monitoring and security, but according to her that is not enough. The cabinet is adopting all the recommendations of the OVV and is now heading for fundamental innovation. She also thinks this is necessary because the number of people who need protection due to threats is increasing more than expected.
“It will be a tough debate about the security mistakes made in the Marengo process. She will get it,’ Van Leeuwen expects. ‘The question that will be central to the debate is how things could have gone so wrong. Has the judiciary underestimated it? Or has one been incapable? It will be fireworks,” says the political reporter.