The 77-year-old politician Jos van Rey, who was convicted of corruption, can become an alderman in Roermond. That’s a Wednesday report published by the municipality from Bureau Berenschot. According to the consultancy, which screened four other candidate aldermen in addition to Van Rey, the test did not yield any issues that “impede the appointment of the candidates”. Because Berenschot did find integrity risks, it made recommendations ‘to deal with these risks’. According to the agency, it is “up to the candidates whether or not to follow up on this”.
Last May, the Liberal People’s Party Roermond (LVR) had already nominated Van Rey as one of its two candidate aldermen for a council with the VVD, GroenLinks and PvdA. Van Rey set up the LVR after he was expelled from the VVD for the second time in 2015 because, according to the board, he had caused damage to the party. Since then, the parties in the Roermond city council have applied a cordon sanitaire, which has condemned the LVR to the opposition. After the LVR won eleven seats in the recent municipal elections, various parties indicated that they wanted to cooperate with the party and Van Rey.
The results of the screening have cleared the last hurdle for the installation of Jos van Rey, who will be sworn into the new council together with the four other candidate aldermen on Wednesday during a special council meeting. Van Rey was previously an alderman in Roermond from 1979 to 1982 and between 1998 and 2012. In 2017, Van Rey was sentenced to a suspended twelve-month prison term for corruption and election fraud. After that, he was not allowed to be an alderman for a few years, but that suspension is now over.
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