April 20th, 2012 • SP Member of Parliament Jasper van Dijk wants the government to explain just what the role is of arms dealer Joep van den Nieuwenhuyzen in relation to the sale abroad by the Netherlands of surplus tanks. Van Den Nieuwenhuyzen took part in a televised interview on Thursday in which he stated that he had found buyers for Dutch tanks.
Van Dijk is not happy about this. ‘I want to know what’s going on here,’ he says. ‘The Defence Ministry denied the claim in its first reaction, but I don’t find it at all desirable that an arms trader such as Van Den Nieuwenhuyzen could be making money from our surplus tanks.'
Van Den Nieuwenhuyzen is suspected of involvement in, amongst other things, insider trading, paying of bribes and bankruptcy fraud.