Former police chief Gerard Bouman dies after holiday heart attack


Former Dutch police chief Gerard Bouman, who was at the centre of a row over works council expenses, has died, broadcaster NOS said on Monday.

Bouman suffered a serious heart attack while on holiday in New Orleans in June and has now died in hospital in the Netherlands at the age of 64, NOS said.

Bouman headed the Dutch police from 2013 to 2016.

The publication of the long-awaited report into irregularities within the police central works council was delayed when Bouman was taken ill.

The council resigned en masse last November following criticism of the way the body spent its budget on dinners, parties, champagne breakfasts and image coaches. The council’s former chairman Frank Giltay was responsible for much of the overspending and is facing criminal charges.

Giltay had the support of Bouman who was also investigated for his role in the scandal.

Broadcaster NOS said last month said the final report clears Bouman of attempting to buy the works council’s support for his police reorganisation plan by turning a blind eye to the overspending. It does, however, say Bouman failed to properly supervise the body.

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