Cops lined up to peek at footballer's 'rape' file
12 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — More than 200 officers in Rotterdam attempted to peek at the digital file compiled on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie who is accused of rape, it has been revealed.
12 October 2005
AMSTERDAM — More than 200 officers in Rotterdam attempted to peek at the digital file compiled on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie who is accused of rape, it has been revealed.
A spokesperson for Rotterdam-Rijnmond police department confirmed the report published by newspaper 'De Telegraaf' on Wednesday.
The police computer system denied access to the information on the case, but recorded their names.
The police chief sent all the officers involved a letter demanding an explanation for the unauthorised attempt to access the file. Most claimed they were simply curious about the rape allegations against the Arsenal and Dutch international player.
"This is the kind of interest that is not appropriate for this line of work. This is not professional behaviour," the spokesperson said. This is a lesson for us, and after being warned by letter people will not be so quick again to try and look at files they are not allowed to see."
Van Persie spent two weeks in custody last June after a woman alleged he raped her in a hotel in Rotterdam. It is unclear whether the authorities intend to prosecute the Rotterdammer.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news