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Dutch minister resigns over cash deal with convicted drug dealer

Dutch minister resigns over cash deal with convicted drug dealer

Netherlands

<p>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. </p> <p>He becomes the third member of Mark Rutte’s government to resign over the issue. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="nl" dir="ltr">'Ard, doe normaal' <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/steurdebat?src=hash">#steurdebat</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/vandersteur?src=hash">#vandersteur</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rutte?src=hash">#rutte</a>. <a href="https://t.co/oKk8gbvMf0">pic.twitter.com/oKk8gbvMf0</a></p>— Merijn© (@MerijnAAA) <a href="https://twitter.com/MerijnAAA/status/824699858774880257">January 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It revolves around a €2m deal prosecutors reached with a drug trafficker, <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/dutch-ministers-resign-over-account-of-money-paid-to-drug-dealer-1.2134164">Cees Helman</a> in 2001.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="nl" dir="ltr">Dit is trouwens Cees Helman, de man van 4,7 miljoen die vanavond zeker weten een feestje houdt. met teven op stelten <a href="http://t.co/woXDRlk1wg">pic.twitter.com/woXDRlk1wg</a></p>— dievangerrits ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ (@samgerrits) <a href="https://twitter.com/samgerrits/status/575052459200147458">March 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>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.</p> <p>The Netherlands votes in a general election in March.</p>
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