Dutch military intelligence played no role in evacuation attempt

24th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

An independent oversight commission for the intelligence services has come to the conclusion that the military intelligence service MIVD played no role in the decision to attempt an evacuation by helicopter of two people near the Libyan city of Sirte.

The commission presented its findings to Defence Minister Hans Hillen, who sent the report to parliament on Thursday.

The captain of the HNLMS Tromp, at that time stationed off the Libyan coast, tried to obtain the latest intelligence from the MIVD, but did not get an answer because it was a Sunday and there was nobody present to respond to his request.

When several hours later the MIVD finally reacted to the Tromp’s request for information the rescue attempt had already been launched and subsequently foiled by a group of about 30 armed men who took the helicopter crew prisoners. 

The two would-be evacuees, a Dutch man and another European of unspecified nationality, were handed over to the Dutch embassy and left the country. The three Dutch soldiers were released after 12 days and have since returned to the Netherlands. 


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