Junior Minister denies misleading parliament over drug dealer payment

POSTED: 03/9/15 6:39 PM

THE HAGUE–Junior Justice Minister Fred Teeven has denied parliament was wrongly informed about a deal he struck with a convicted drugs dealer 15 years ago while a public prosecutor. On Wednesday, television current affairs show Nieuwsuur reported that Teeven agreed to pay back 4.7 million guilders to Cees H, and that he had not been given official permission to do so.  Teeven has always claimed the payment was no more than two million guilders. On Thursday Teeven refused to go into the difference in figures and referred again to a statement by justice minister Ivo Opstelten on Wednesay who also denied misleading parliament. Teeven said that Opstelten is politically responsible for the actions of justice ministry civil servants, as he was at the time. ‘I cannot tell you what happened within the public prosecution department,’ he said. ‘It would not be appropriate to do so.’ Teeven also repeated that he remembered making the deal but that the supporting facts are no longer available.

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