Outrage over 'kidnapping' of journalists
27 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — A judge in The Hague had allowed the kidnapping of two newspaper journalists, their lawyer said on Monday.
27 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — A judge in The Hague had allowed the kidnapping of two newspaper journalists, their lawyer said on Monday.
The journalists, Bart Mos and Joost de Haas, from newspaper 'De Telegraaf', were taken to the Scheveningen jail, lawyer Victor Koppe said.
The reporters had refused to reveal a source who had given them state-secret dossiers from the security service BVD, now known as the AIVD.
The dossiers included information about 'top criminal' Mink K, who is allegedly implicated in a complicated weapons and police bribery case.
The journalists were called to give evidence to a court judge in The Hague in the case against former BVD agent Paul H. and two co-accused suspects.
All three defendants are accused of leaking the dossiers to the press, but H. denies the charges and the judge has demanded that the two journalists reveal who their source was.
The journalists had written about the case at the end of January. Citing BVD information, they said the group around K. had put aside huge amounts of money to bribe police and judiciary officers.
The top criminal also allegedly carried out gangland slayings with weapons once seized by police, but 'loaned' to K. for the murder. However, there has never been any hard evidence of corruption uncovered.
Lawyer Koppe said the court will rule again on Wednesday whether the arrest of the two journalists is justified.
The journalists union NVJ and Society of Editors-in-Chief have raised serious objections about the 'kidnapping'.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news