Police open investigation into leak of Central Station suspect’s data

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Police are investigating who leaked the personal details of a man who drove into a group of people at Amsterdam’s Central Station, the Volkskrant reports.

‘Every person who accessed the file in question will be spoken to. We do not take this lightly. It is a gross dereliction of duty. The public has to be assured that police can be trusted with their information,’ police spokesman Leo Dortland told the paper.

Police classed the incident, which occurred on June 10 and in which several people were wounded, as an accident. The driver of the car, who has a Moroccan background, is a diabetic and suffered a blackout due to his medical condition, police believe.

Shockblog GeenStijl, which showed a screengrab of the man’s file online, commented that the leak suggests ‘that it is very doubtful the man suffered a blackout due to a medical condition,’ the Volkskrant writes.


The blog implies that police are covering up a terrorist attack, especially since police, whilst quick to class the incident as an accident, held the man for a couple of days. Cameras at the station were  found to have recorded nothing of what happened while the suspect’s first name and the first letter of his last name were withheld.

Police dismiss the theory and say they never give out details about suspects. His detention was due to additional medical checks to see if a terrorist attack could really be ruled out, police said.

‘We are not covering up anything. There was no terrorist attack. This is just stirring up unrest,’ Dortland told the paper. GeenStijl has crossed an ethical line, Dortland said. ‘They are ruining the life of an innocent man. The suspect is very upset about it.’

‘If they are taking aim at the messenger it is a good indication that there is more to this story than they’re letting on,’ the paper quotes GeenStijl as commenting.

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