No parliamentary inquest into hacking
9 November 2007, THE HAGUE – A majority in Parliament was concerned and shocked that two officials of the ministry of Social Affairs had made unauthorised use of the computer system of the GPD press agency.
9 November 2007
THE HAGUE – A majority in Parliament was concerned and shocked that two officials of the ministry of Social Affairs had made unauthorised use of the computer system of the GPD press agency.
But opposition party Socialist SP did not get any support during an emergency debate in Parliament late on Thursday for a motion to start a parliamentary inquest into the affair.
The other left-wing party in the opposition, GroenLinks, agreed with coalition parties Christian Democrat CDA, Labour PvdA, and ChristenUnie that the SP motion was premature. GroenLinks MP Ineke van Gent said that though she found it very serious that stolen information was used at even "the highest levels" of the ministry, she first wanted to have the facts on the table and wait for the national criminal investigation service to complete its inquiry.
SP MP Arda Gerkens said that "political marketing" had become so important at Social Affairs "that all standards and values had been pushed aside." She says further investigation into the integrity of the government is necessary to repair the breach of trust.
Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner and Fundamentalist Christian SGP MP Bas van der Vlies were angry and indignant at the SP's motion. They say this puts the government in a bad light before the facts of the situation are even investigated.
Donner also stressed, as he did earlier this week, that he regrets the matter and takes it very seriously. He pointed out that his department has also launched an investigation into the integrity of the department, separate from the national investigation service's inquiry. The officials involved have been suspended pending the findings of these investigations.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news