Dutch crime tips line must remain anonymous

23rd September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch deputy justice minister wants regulations concerning the anonymous crime tips line to be tightened following a recent case when a caller’s name was included in the case file.

The Netherlands – Callers to the anonymous crime tips line, Meld Misdaad Anoniem, must remain anonymous, says Deputy Justice Minister Nebahat Albayrak following a recent case when a caller’s name was included in the case file.

In an address to the MPs, the minister said the regulations concerned needed to be tightened up.
On Wednesday, freesheet Spits reports that a woman who called the line to offer information about a fatal stabbing in Rotterdam was identified in the case file. The defendant in the case therefore knows who tipped the police off.
According to the newspaper report, her phone was being tapped at the time she made the call since the police regarded her as an important witness. The phone call and her details were then included in the case file.

Director Guus Wesselink of Meld Misdaad Anoniem said: "This is a terrible mistake. We have spoken to the woman. She is extremely emotional and fears for her life. Moreover, she happens to be pregnant."
Wesselink commented: "This contravenes the agreements that were made when the tip number was set up. Caller details must never be used, unless a life depends on it." He intends to discuss the matter with the police authorities as soon as possible.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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