The Public Prosecution Service is investigating whether Limburg politicians are guilty of criminal offenses in recently publicized integrity affairs.
Justice has requested two files from the province of Limburg. Ex-deputies Ger Koopmans and Herman Vrehen, both CDA, play a prominent role in this.
That is according to sources surrounding the investigation.
In the first file, Herman Vrehen, as director of the IKL landscape foundation, channeled subsidy money for years to his own private limited companies. He did this by hiring employees for the foundation through his own employment agencies, selling products from his own companies through the foundation and hiring himself at a high rate.
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The second file is related to an additional position of Ger Koopmans. As a deputy, he was also a supervisory director at the Limburg dredging company Terraq. From a publication by NRC At the end of last year it turned out that Koopmans, as a member of the Provincial Executive, was involved in a multi-million dollar project in which Terraq had an interest. A committee of inquiry of the Provincial Council is also investigating this issue.
‘We fit silence’
The provincial government will not comment on questions about the transfer of the files. Acting Commissioner of the King Johan Remkes added that on Monday morning: “Where the Public Prosecution Service is at stake, we should remain silent.” A spokesperson for the public prosecutor’s office in Limburg says he cannot comment.
In the 1990s, the Justice Department investigated corruption and favors for friends in public administration in Limburg. Eleven mayors, aldermen and officials were convicted. The Public Prosecution Service also acted several times in the years that followed, including in a bribery case involving road construction company Janssen de Jong (2009), in which eleven convictions were made, and the corruption case involving the former alderman Jos van Rey (2015).