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Another secret service agent protecting Dutch politician was suspended in 2015
February 24, 2017 / 1:44 PM / 7 months ago

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. REUTERS/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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