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Another secret service agent protecting Dutch politician was suspended in 2015
February 24, 2017 / 1:44 PM / in 6 months

Another secret service agent protecting Dutch politician was suspended in 2015

Dutch far right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders campaigns for the 2017 Dutch election in Spijkenisse, a suburb of Rotterdam, Netherlands, February 18, 2017.Michael Kooren

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch secret service suspended two agents in 2015, including one who had been assigned to the security detail of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, the Netherlands' justice minister said on Friday.

Stef Blok said the two were placed on "non-active" service. He could not confirm details of a report in De Telegraaf newspaper, which said the two were brothers suspected of involvement in a money laundering case.

Neither the paper nor the minister said whether their suspension had led to dismissal or criminal charges.

Earlier this week a member of Wilders' security detail was arrested for allegedly leaking information to criminals.

Wilders, who lives under constant protection, said in a tweet he had first been informed of the 2015 dismissals on Friday morning and was "again completely shocked".

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Gareth Jones

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