- Category: News
- Created on Monday, 07 May 2012 17:07
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
Prosecutors confirmed that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) refused to allow the witness, who infiltrated a transatlantic smuggling route from Columbia to Poland, to give evidence in Haarlem.
A lawyer for one of the 24 suspects in the case claimed the American government had invoked a secret deal struck with the Dutch authorities in 2006 to prevent the man from appearing in court.
The agent is said to have infiltrated and tracked a 1000-kilogram cargo of cocaine along its journey and given statements to investigators in Poland.
One of the lawyers for the suspects, Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen, claimed that the presence of a DEA mole showed that the shipment had been directed by US authorities.
He and other defence lawyers are expected to pursue this argument in court during a procedural hearing this week.
The first court sittings are due to take place in Haarlem on Tuesday. The suspected main players are expected to appear in June and the courts are expected to pass judgment in August.