Arrests following asbestos risk to tenants

Four employees from two property companies have been arrested on suspicion of seriously endangering the health of tenants, Amsterdam police said on Thursday. Two civil servants from local housing departments in two Amsterdam districts have also been arrested. The locations have not been disclosed.

The housing firms, which have not been named, have divided up properties in Amsterdam to create at least 200 apartments over recent years.
According to the police the firms structurally and purposely cut corners when it came to safely disposing of asbestos which was exposed during construction work. This exposed residents to serious health risks.
Police say the suspects repeatedly contravened building regulations and that local officials were also involved. The police said they do not rule out further arrests in this affair.

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