Wilders’ security not compromised by leaks, police chief says

Dutch police chief Erik Akerboom said on Wednesday that the security of PVV leader Geert Wilders had not been at risk even though an officer involved in his protection is thought to have leaked information to criminals.

‘We have no evidence that anyone’s security has been compromised,’ Akerboom said. The police officer arrested on Monday worked with the police protection squad DBB which is charged with the security of the royal family and others who merit bodyguards.

Akerboom confirmed the police officer is of Moroccan origin but did not comment on claims in the NRC that he had leaked information to a Dutch Moroccan money laundering gang.

The man was charged with making risk analyses of places which people with police bodyguards were set to visit. This gave him access to ‘highly confidential’ databases, the NRC said. However, he was not part of the ‘inner circle’, a spokesman told the paper.

Prime minister Mark Rutte has met Wilders to discuss the situation together with justice minister Stef Blok. He told reporters that the cabinet was doing all it could to ensure politicans could carry out their duties.

Wilders said on Twitter: ‘I do not react to questions about my safety… this is a serious matter and luckily the cabinet is taking it seriously.’

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