Dutch prosecutors strip criminals assets

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The Dutch Public Prosecution Service PPS says it seized around €43 million from criminals this year. Under Dutch law, the judiciary is allowed to strip criminals of unlawfully gained money and other assets.

PPS director Hermann Bolhaar made the announcement in an interview with a Dutch radio station on Tuesday evening. The amount seized this year is far less than the 55 million seized last year. In 2009, the PPS seized €50 million from criminals.

Mr Bolhaar said he is far from satisfied with the money and assets seized in 2011 and vowed to do more in the coming years to separate criminals from their ill-gotten gains. "In the next five or six years, we aim to be taking €100 million off criminals every year," the prosecution chief said.

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