'Meld Misdaad Anoniem' wants to catch Dutch fugitives in Spain
Meld Misdaad Anoniem MMA - Report Crime Anonymously - has told Radio Netherlands it wants to launch a publicity campaign in Spain's coastal tourist resorts to help apprehend Dutch criminals on the run. However, MMA Director Guus Wesselink says that the Dutch Public Prosecutors' Office is reluctant to collaborate with his organisation.
According to Mr Wesselink: "It's a matter of following someone's lead. Our British colleagues from Crime Stoppers have detained 43 fugitives on the Spanish Costas. We are convinced that quite a few Dutch criminals who have made their fortunes in drug trafficking, car theft, the illegal gun trade, fraude and money laundering are also living it up in Spain. MMA wants to make its existence known there, with a telephone number people can call if they know something."
The Dutch authorities are less than eager to collaborate with MMA in tracking down Dutch criminals in Spain. The populist national newspaper De Telegraaf writes this is because MMA wants to work together with private investigation services while the Public Prosecutors' Office wants the police to conduct investigations.
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