Dutch Ambassador to Thailand resigns
The Dutch Foreign Ministry has announced that the Netherlands' ambassador to Thailand has resigned his post over a series of incidents.
Ambassador Tjaco van den Hout's resignation was prompted by a whistleblower's report on fraud involving passport applications and naturalisation requests. The ministry's investigation revealed that part of the report was incorrect, but a spokesperson said that "unacceptable incidents did occur", prompting the ministry to take "appropriate action."
Earlier, this year, the embassy became involved in a scandal when Dutch daily revealed that a Thai accountant had embezzled 300,000 euros of Dutch government funds. The foreign ministry report says the ambassador should have taken action immediately but failed to do so. Also, an embassy official was found to have passed on information to Thai criminals. Mr Van den Hout is blamed for failing to take timely action against the official.
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