Donner presses US for details on entrapment
1 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has demanded more information from the US authorities about how infamous drug dealer Henk Rommy was controversially lured into a plot to send Ecstasy to America.
1 March 2006
AMSTERDAM — Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner has demanded more information from the US authorities about how infamous drug dealer Henk Rommy was controversially lured into a plot to send Ecstasy to America.
Donner said on Wednesday the initial report he received from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) did not give sufficient insight into what precisely happened. "It is in everybody's interest to have this matter cleared up," he said.
Rommy, also known as the Zwarte Cobra (Black Cobra), was sentenced to 20 years in jail and fined USD 1 million in the United States earlier this year.
He has a number of previous convictions in the Netherlands for drug offences.
A jury found him guilty in September last year of plotting to smuggle Ecstasy to New York.
Rommy's lawyer Mark Teurlings complained to the court and Donner in September when documents came to light showing the officers of the DEA used a criminal informant in the Netherlands to entice Rommy into arranging the shipment of Ecstasy to New York.
This form of entrapment is forbidden in the Netherlands without express permission. A DEA request for the operation was turned down by the Dutch authorities.
There are frequent complaints from the US that the Dutch are not doing enough to combat international drug trafficking.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news