"Cell complex was rush job"

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – The justice department insisted that certain building projects be carried out with much too much haste. As a result, not all safety requirements could be met.

29 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – The justice department insisted that certain building projects be carried out with much too much haste. As a result, not all safety requirements could be met.

Nor was the tendering of these projects always fair, public works employee Herman van Z. has told the AD. He was responsible for these projects at the government department of housing and construction.

The buildings he mentions are the cell complex at Schiphol, departure centres for asylum seekers, and the high security courthouse in Amsterdam-Osdorp. Van Z. was convicted of fraud earlier this month, but claims that he was put under pressure at the government department.

"I was given a few months to build cells for drug smugglers. There's no way you can tender that out in such little time. That alone takes six months. I was the only civil servant flexible enough to be able to find a team of builders right away. That is why I was given all the impossible tasks. I stuck my neck out for them."

The man accepted "rewards" from a construction company in the form of privileges at catering establishments and visits to brothels.

VVD MP Teeven wants an independent inquiry in response to the statements.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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