Kamp seeks sources of ‘torture’ report

13th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 February 2007, AMSTERDAM — Minister of Defence Henk Kamp filed a claim yesterday against the former military staff member who had informed De Volkskrant about the alleged use of torture by the Dutch intelligence in Iraq in 2003.

13 February 2007

AMSTERDAM — Minister of Defence Henk Kamp filed a claim yesterday against the former military staff member who had informed De Volkskrant about the alleged use of torture by the Dutch intelligence in Iraq in 2003.

The minister accused the source, called “General X” by De Volkskrant, of having leaked important state secrets.

That is not only a crime but also a threat to the integrity of the government, the Minister wrote in his letter to the Parliament.

The topic of “torture” in Iraq was hushed up prior to the elections last year. Meanwhile, it later emerged that the Prosecutor’s Office had in fact been informed of the matter in 2003 and decided against criminal prosecution. The OM’s investigation was not mentioned in the newspaper reports however.

After the article in De Volkskrant was published, Minister Henk Kamp suggested that it was simply an attempt to harm his reputation. His fellow party-member, leader of the
Liberal VVD Mark Rutte said that the article was an attempt to influence election results.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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