Fred Teeven

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Fred Teeven
Fred Teeven 2013 (3).jpg
Fred Teeven in 2013
Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 March 2015
In office
20 September 2012 – 5 November 2012
In office
30 November 2006 – 14 October 2010
In office
23 May 2002 – 30 January 2003
State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands
In office
14 October 2010 – 10 March 2015
Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Preceded by Nebahat Albayrak
Succeeded by Klaas Dijkhoff
Parliamentary leader of Livable Netherlands in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
16 May 2002 – 30 January 2003
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born Fredrik Teeven
(1958-08-05) 5 August 1958 (age 56)
Haarlem, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (since 2003)
Other political
affiliations
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (until 2002)
Livable Netherlands (2002-2003)
Children 2 daughters
Residence Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater Vrije Universiteit (Master of Laws)
University of Twente
(Master in Project Management)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Jurist
Prosecutor
Religion Non-religious (Atheism)

Fredrik "Fred" Teeven (born 5 August 1958) is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He has been a Member of the House of Representatives since 26 March 2015.

Teeven previously served as State Secretary for Security and Justice in the First Rutte cabinet and Second Rutte cabinet, dealing with prevention, family law, youth justice, and copyright law.[1]

Early career[edit]

Teeven was born in the province of North Holland. He studied law at the Vrije Universiteit and public management at the University of Twente. Working first as a tax collector he became a prosecutor, becoming known as a crimefighter, since he led many investigations into organised crime. Teeven was involved in the prosecutions of Dési Bouterse, Mink Kok, Johan Verhoek, and Willem Holleeder.

Politics[edit]

In 2002, Teeven succeeded Pim Fortuyn as Front runner (lijsttrekker) of Livable Netherlands (Leefbaar Nederland). From May 16, 2002 to January 30, 2003, he was the parliamentary group leader of Livable Netherlands in the House of Representatives and also a member of the House of Representatives from July 22, 2002 to May 27, 2003. After he found out that he would not be Front runner in the 2003 elections, he quit the party and returned to his former post of public prosecutor.

In 2006, Teeven announced his return to politics, this time for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). For the Dutch general election of 2006, he was 6th on the candidate list for the VVD, and was elected into House of Representatives on November 30, 2006. He was the main spokesperson for justice policy.

For the Dutch general election of 2010 he was 3rd on the candidate list for the VVD. After the cabinet formation of 2010 for the first Rutte cabinet, Teeven became the State Secretary for Security and Justice taking office on October 14, 2010 and resigned the same day as an MP. On November 5, 2012, he continued as State Secretary for Security and Justice in the second Rutte cabinet. Meanwhile he was an MP again from September 20, 2012 to November 5, 2012. [2]

On March 9, 2015 he resigned as State Secretary [3] when it became clear he had lied over a financial deal with a criminal, Cees H., in 2001, when he was a prosecutor. Teeven had alays maintained he had only transferred 1.25 million Dutch Guilders to the criminal, while in fact it was 4.7 million. Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten had told the House that indeed it was 1.25 million but that the receipt had gone missing and that even after extensive searching it remained missing. Earlier in March 2015 however, the media received info and proof from a source within the ministery of justice that it was in fact 4.7 million guilders. This was confirmed by the lawyer of Cees H. who claimed to have the receipt but was not allowed to show it as part of the 2001 deal. Then within 2 days suddenly Justice minister Opstelten found the proof he denied having before and resigned on March 9. Teeven followed suit.

Though the resignation was over wrongfully informing the House of representatives, the question remained why Teeven had agreed to the deal in which the Tax Department was not informed. The deal itself was over money on a Luxembourg bankaccount of criminal Cees H. Apparently Teeven -then a prosecutor- did not have enough proof that it was froma criminal source and thus had no case in court to seize the money. he agreed with Cees H, that if the latter would pay 750.000 guilders, the justice department would release the impounded money on the Luxembourg bank. But Cees H. required the justice ministery instead to transfe the money to him. That way the money became a restitution from the justice department and was de facto 'laundered'. Had Teeven just informed the Tax department, they would most likely have been able to seize all the money and issue a fine. Rather than making a criminal poorer, Teeven made him richer

References[edit]

  1. ^ As State Secretary for Security and Justice Teeven was allowed to use the ministerial title Minister of Security while on foreign business.
  2. ^ (Dutch) Alle namen van het nieuwe kabinet Rutte II, RTL Nieuws, October 25, 2012
  3. ^ (Dutch)Resignation speech

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Position created
Parliamentary leader of Livable Netherlands
in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands

2002–2003
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Government offices
Preceded by
Nebahat Albayrak
State Secretary for Security and Justice of the Netherlands
2010–2015
Succeeded by
Klaas Dijkhoff