Three judges have been removed from the 26Sartell case because they could have seen French state secrets. This gives them an information advantage over the Public Prosecution Service (OM) and the defense in the case. The judiciary and the defense cannot also view the information, which was inadvertently not painted out of the procedural document, because it concerns state secrets. The court of Rotterdam has therefore decided to replace the judges, as can be read in a statement published on Friday.
Also read: According to the Public Prosecution Service, Piet Costa is a CEO within international cocaine smuggling
The case in question involves a major investigation into international cocaine trafficking and money laundering. The main suspect in the case is Roger P., who is nicknamed Piet Costa because of a previous stay in Costa Rica. The Public Prosecution Service considers him a leader in the international cocaine trade. For example, he would determine prices and rates and issue orders to make payments for drug deals. He would also be responsible for the construction of torture containers in North Brabant.
Police and justice have gained a lot of information thanks to an EncroChat hack from last year. By cracking the encrypted telephone network, the police were able to see how criminals communicated with each other. The information seen by the judges probably has to do with that action. There may have been more information about how the French authorities managed to decrypt and crack the message traffic.