Researchers previously refused to perform in the House of Commons. CDA and VVD are now trying to achieve this with success. A majority of the parties support the proposal for a hearing.
These are the researchers of the report “When the prey takes the hunter”, which was carried out between 2016 and 2019 and which focuses on the extent of official corruption in the port of Rotterdam. The researchers, with criminology professor emeritus Cyrille Fijnaut chairing the monitoring committee, retrieved nineteen files of relevant criminal cases between 1996 and 2016, but came across many other worrying signals, clues and stories from that period that were never investigated. . There would be hundreds of possible breaches of integrity. However, examination of this information did not produce the result expected. According to the researchers, various parties in the port refused to provide information. “These organizations did not appreciate our investigative activities,” the researchers said in a May 2019 statement. The more the shutters were closed, the more corruption they closed, they wrote. The termination of the investigation sparked political turmoil.
One of the authorities that allegedly refused to provide information was Customs itself. Minister Grapperhaus and the former State Secretary for Finance, Snel, confirmed in a letter to the House in November last year that the cooperation was not complete.
In September, State Secretary Van Huffelen (Finance) announced that he had commissioned the consultancy KPMG to conduct a new investigation, this time exclusively into corruption at customs. The earlier, discontinued study focused on the vulnerability of all Oversight, Enforcement, Investigative and Regulatory (THOR) organizations operating in the port.
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