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Ombudsman to investigate razzia

31 October 2008 - The National Ombudsman has decided to launch an investigation into a police raid in Amsterdam Zuidoost last year. There are indications that not only the police and the public prosecutor, but also the role of Mayor Job Cohen will be investigated.

Last year, police raided a bar in Zuidoost to arrest immigrants suspected of Internet fraud. According to the organisation All Inlcuded, police intimidated visitors of the bar and discriminated against black people. The organisation filed a complaint with the National Ombudsman.

The National Ombudsman has contacted the Municipal Ombudsman to announce that it may want to discuss a division of tasks. Since the Municipal Ombudsman has no authority over the police and the public prosecutor, this suggests that the role of the Mayor (responsible for public order) may also be looked into.

Background. Photo taken with mobile telephone by anonymous person at the party (from All Included website)

 

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