Former police officer jailed for talking about his job, Wilders to impress women

Statue of justice.
Statue of justice.

A former police officer involved in protecting far right MP Geert Wilders has been jailed for seven months for leaking confidential information.

Faris K, who described his actions as ‘stupid’, talked about Wilders and a visit to the Netherlands by one of president Obama’s daughters to several women, in breach of his confidentiality agreement.

The public prosecution department had called for a five month jail term but the court decided to add two more months to the total to ‘act as a deterrent’, pointing out that K had been warned several times about speaking out of turn.

When K was first a suspect it was widely assumed he had been leaking information to criminals. He has been placed under observation and his phone and internet were tapped for months before he was finally arrested in February 2018.

However, during the court hearings, the public prosecution department confirmed that he had talked about his job to several women, as a way to impress them.

K worked for a special security team which checked out locations where politicians like Wilders and members of the royal family would visit. He was not involved with Wilders’ personal security detail.

He told the AD in an interview on Monday that everyone in the village where Wilders lived knew he was there because of the heavy security.

He plans to appeal against the verdict.

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