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Dutch minister resigns over cash deal with convicted drug dealer


Netherlands

Dutch minister resigns over cash deal with convicted drug dealer

The Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur has quit in an ongoing scandal over a compensation payment paid out to a convicted drug dealer.

He becomes the third member of Mark Rutte’s government to resign over the issue.

It revolves around a €2m deal prosecutors reached with a drug trafficker, Cees Helman in 2001.

It comes at a difficult time for Rutte’s government as The Freedom Party, led by anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders, is leading public opinion polls.

The Netherlands votes in a general election in March.

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