Drugs money 'financed' Dutch security company
14 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — A suspected drugs boss owns a company in the Netherlands that provides security to diplomats, business chiefs and members of the royal family, the Dutch media has reported.
14 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — A suspected drugs boss owns a company in the Netherlands that provides security to diplomats, business chiefs and members of the royal family, the Dutch media has reported.
It is alleged that the company was used to launder drugs money. The suspects are the same people who hit the headlines at the end of last year amid allegations they invested criminal money into the airline Air Holland.
The public prosecutor's dossier indicates that the group — led by the Surinamese man Iwan G. — has controlled the security company Secuprofs, based in the Brabant town of Gemert, since 1 January 2001.
And according to former director Leo van der Putten — who sold Secuprofs to G. — the company provides security to "diplomats across Europe, captains of industry and VIPs, but also magistrates and lawyers, for example, in the Netherlands".
G. — who still owns Secuprofs via stakes in various companies — is currently being detained in Brazil, where he was arrested on 11 September 2004 while allegedly in possession of 50,000 ecstasy pills.
Police in The Hague also arrested him earlier that month on charges he was carrying 88,363 ecstasy pills. He was released from custody pending his trial, newspaper NRC reported on Saturday.
Secuprofs website (secuprofs.nl) shows photos of its staff protecting Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, as well as soccer star Ruud van Nistelrooy, singer Marco Borsato, Dutch Olympic champions and diplomats.
Alongside the royal and diplomatic security service DKDB, Secuprofs was involved in guarding Willem-Alexander and Maxima during a visit to Eindhoven on 6 September 2001, a city council spokesman said.
Air Holland management is accused of laundering drugs money earned by G., and the embattled airline was bought last year by the ExelAviationGroup of Erik de Vlieger. Renamed HollandExel, the airline recently won a temporary stay on debt repayments.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news