I’ve looked for more information on the connection between Dutch drug trafficker Mink Kok and US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officer - Robert Nieves.
From 1985 to 1989, Nieves was the handler of Norwin "El Perico" Meneses the Cali cartel's representative in Nicaragua who was indicted on cocaine trafficking charges in the US in 1989, and arrested and sentenced to 12 years in Nicaragua in 1991.
In 1995, Nieves served as chief of the DEA's International Division, which was responsible for the DEA input in the IRT affair. Shortly after leaving the agency, Bob Nieves joined Guardian Technologies, a security consulting service and body armour manufacturing company based in Virginia and owned by Olivier North and Joe Fernandez (former CIA chief of station in Costa Rica from 1984 to 1986, who was also an integral part of the Contra supply network).
Mink Kok was arrested by the French police and extradited to Belgium in mid-1998. He was released on bail after only 2 weeks of detention, and returned to the Netherlands (after making a deal).
The IRT operation was suspended in December 1993
F. Lenaers (of the Belgian weapons manufacturer, Fabrique National (FN)) concluded that some of the guns had been ordered from FN by a US government agency: https://www.mail-archive.com/ctrl@lists ... 36999.html
Gary Webb’s book, confirms that Robert J. Nieves was the control agent of Norwin Meneses throughout most of the 1980s.
Joseph Kelso said that Nieves had been skimming cocaine from seizures made by the Costa Rican narcotics police. In 1986, Kelso had "hard-core, documentable, bring-it-into-court information" on Nieves, including 6 witnesses willing to testify that the DEA agents were skimming cocaine, making counterfeit money, sanitising intelligence reports to Washington, and protecting cocaine processing labs in northern Costa Rica.
At the time DEA agents Nieves and Gonzalez were stationed in Costa Rica, the CIA station chief was Joe Fernandez, a close friend and confidant of Oliver North.
When I looked for “evidence” on the connection between Mink Kok and Robert Nieves I found a book in Dutch; Bas van Hout “De jacht op de erven Bruinsma en de Delta organisatie
Maybe it’s an honest attempt at a real investigation by journalist Van Hout, but I suspect him of keeping the worst scandals out of it.
Other problems with this book are that there is no reference list and he uses fake names, while giving the impression that most of the names in the book are “real”.
It could be interesting to look at the names Van Hout DOES mention...
He names the American Steven Brown as one of the perpetrators. What could be the motive?
Steven Brown has a blogspot where he labels our beloved Willem-Alexander, the “graai-King” and Willem-Alexander’s university friend PM Mark Rutte a “hofnar”. He also labels our Royal family and the crooks surrounding them as “gangsters”: https://stevenbrownsblog.wordpress.com/ ... -in-crime/
Besides not naming individuals (except Brown) he doesn’t even name the Luxembourg banks that were involved in laundering the money for Cees and his brother Henk de Jongh.
The starting point of the book is Klaas Bruinsma’s drug organisation, but (officially) the IRT-affair really only started after “drug lord” Klaas Bruinsma was assassinated.
The most important person in the book appears to be FIOD official Cees de Jongh; the specialist in “controlled” entry of narcotics into the Netherlands, approved by the “Officier” of Justice. Officials of customs said that they reported suspicious cargo to De Jongh, who decided what to do with it.
Cees de Jongh worked together with Frits van der Putten (one of the very few “real” names in the book) of the CID.
Henk de Jongh worked for his brother Cees. Henk repeatedly talked to “Karel Vosseveld” (fake name), an important associate of Bruinsma.
The CID is part of the police and the FIOD is the investigation unit for the taxes (Belastingdienst).
The criminal file of “Vosseveld” was made unfindable...
“Vosseveld” had 30 trucks transporting the hashish (labelled as oranges) from Morocco and Spain to the Netherlands.
“Vosseveld” was also an associate of Belgian Minister Paul vanden Boeynants, whose company was involved in transporting the hashish. Vanden Boeynants was sentenced for tax evasion. No more information on this interesting lead by Van Hout...
Henk de Jongh did the money laundering for “Vosseveld” through Luxembourg banks. Henk’s wife was a top executive at a large Luxembourg bank. They invested in a real estate, gold and aiki-Budo centres (martial arts).
“Vosseveld” paid the brothers De Jongh many millions of guilders for getting the drugs through customs.
The CID leaked information to Klaas Bruinsma so that he would assassinate certain criminals.
The British Roy Adkins was killed in September 1990 in Amsterdam after Cees de Jongh informed “Vosseveld” that Adkins hired a contract killer to get rid of Bruinsma. “Vosseveld” was also informed on the German “Hans” (fake name), that was murdered after they informed Bruinsma that a container with drugs was caught because he had been questioned at Schiphol.
I think that it’s possible that the information leaked to Bruinsma was false...
Klaas Bruinsma and a select group of associates planned to import a whopping 46,000 kilos of hashish from Pakistan in one ship. According to the Dutch government, this would have made profits of 450 million guilders.
Bruinsma asked “Vosseveld” (using De Jongh) for assistance to get this through customs. Shortly before the ship would arrive in Amsterdam, De Jongh threatened that if he wouldn’t get half of the profits the whole shipment would be caught. “Vosseveld” refused this offer and the whole ship was caught. Only some of the low operatives were caught and tried in court.
Probably a part of the catch was sold anyway.
According to “Nol Couperus”, they could have arrested Bruinsma and “Vosseveld” after the 46,000 kilos was caught in 1990.
To me this proves what amateurs Bruinsma and his gang were; they should have split this shipment over several transports...
On 27 June 1991, Bruinsma was assassinated in Amsterdam.
Cop Martin Hoogland was found guilty for the murder, 20 years, according to Van Hout based on the false testimony of heroin dealer Steve Brown.
According to Van Hout, in 1994 Aleksander’s brother Branco Marianovic (from Montenegro) confessed killing Bruinsma and was the real killer. Marianovic was later murdered so we can’t ask him.
Officially IRT started in 1992, but it’s clear that even before that Bruinsma imported drugs with the help of the authorities.
Officially between 15,000 and 25,000 kilo cocaine and 500,000 kilo hashish were imported “controlled” – value 7 billion guilders.
The “investigation” of Bruinsma and his associates cost the tax payers 150 million guilders by the end of the 1990s.
An important associate of Klaas Bruinsma was Etienne Urka.
Etienne was arrested in December 1996, and in March 1999 convicted to 18 months for tax evasion.
In 1996, Maarten van Traa (head of the commission investigating the IRT-affair) was in contact with “Vosseveld”, at the time in prison, who wanted to make a deal to tell “everything” on the liquidations by the CID Haarlem.
Adele van der Plas was the attorney of “Vosseveld”.
This deal was not finalised by Van Traa and Frank Bovenkerk.
BVD informer W. Scholtemeijer was killed in 1997 in Haarlem
Towards the end of the book, finally information on “Nico” Robert Mink Kok being helped to escape justice by DEA man Robert “the Snowman” Nieves (who was part of the Contra drug trafficking). I was hoping for more information, evidence, but Van Hout didn’t think this was an interesting lead...
In 1996, Mink Kok got preferential treatment of “Raadsheer” Willem den Ottolander (friend of Cees de Jongh) of the court of appeal (Gerechtshof), involving 15,000 to 25,000 kilos cocaine worth 1.2 billion guilders and was acquitted.
It has been rumoured that Jaap van der Heijden was murdered by Mink Kok after the CID informed Bruinsma that he was trying to kill him.
In November 1997, Mink Kok was again arrested for buying secret police reports, but released in Belgium after a couple of months because of lacking evidence.
In 1999, Mink Kok made a deal with Fred Teeven.
After his release from prison, Mink Kok was accused of being the owner of a big weapons arsenal, including explosives and XTC in a house in Amsterdam. A new court case against Mink Kok was behind closed doors.
On 30 March 2000, Mink Kok was sentenced to 4 years.
Another CID informer “Chris J.” was involved in importing tons of cocaine from the Columbian Cali cartel and from Panama with the aid of the IRT.
He was arrested in February 2000.
Fred Teeven had to testify for the commission Van Traa where he defended his actions, by claiming that he didn’t know what Cees de Jongh was doing.
Teeven admitted that 293,000 kilos drugs were imported. In reality it was much more.
Cees de Jongh wasn’t questioned by the commission Van Traa for medical reasons. Van Hout describes going to an aiki-Budo work-out under false pretences to meet De Jongh. For some reason Van Hout “forgot” to ask De Jongh on his role importing drugs for the FIOD. This shows that the medical condition of De Jongh had been highly exaggerated.
De Jongh bought several aiki-Budo centrums with dirty money, without raising suspicion from the authorities.
According to Cees de Jongh, his superiors (including Fred Teeven) knew about the drug imports.
Another criminal, “Roel C.” (another fake name), also made a deal with Teeven.
Some time after the Commission Van Traa, the Commission Kalsbeek started a new “investigation”.
This commission claimed that Mink Kok had imported 15,000 to 25,000 kilos of cocaine with the help of the IRT.
That was all the worthwhile information I could find in this book.
The rest of this post is information that I found on the internet...
Minister of Justice since 1989 Ernst Hirsch Balin approved the “controlled” import of drugs (but he was defended by Teeven who claimed to know nothing...). Minister of Justice Hirsch Balin was appointed by then Queen Beatrix.
In 1994, Hirsch Balin had to resign as minister over the IRT affair. He was knighted by Beatrix on 8 October 1994 (and again in 2010 and 2014).
On 1 November 2000, Hirsch Balin was selected by Beatrix for the Raad van State
(comparable to the British Privy Council.
On 22 September 2006, Hirsch Balin again became Minister of Justice.
When Minister of the Interior Ien Dales heard about the “controlled” import of cocaine by Dutch law enforcement, she reportedly said it should be stopped immediately. Ien Dales died very suddenly on 10 January 1994 of a “heart attack”.
She was replaced by the long-time Mayor of Amsterdam, Ed van Thijn, who not only had to resign as Minister (even though he wasn’t involved in the “controlled” import of drugs), but also had his political career ruined (compare this to Ernst Hirsch Balin or Fred Teeven for example).
Maarten van Traa died in a car crash on 20 October 1997.
Was this an “accident”, like the state media claim, or did he know too much?
According to André Rouvoet (who was also part of the Commission Van Traa), Van Traa continued to investigate the IRT affair even after the investigation had already been halted officially.
In 1999 the commission Kalsbeek was started to “investigate” this affair further (again with Rouvoet).
After they reported that in the beginning of the 1990s, more than 15,000 kilo cocaine had been imported with the help of corrupt government officials and also found huge amounts of exports of XTC to Britain, Minister Korthals ended the investigation in 2001 (in Dutch): https://www.vn.nl/andre-rouvoet-bij-de- ... -borrelen/
Fred Teeven was later rewarded for his work by becoming Staatssecretaris
In that role he supervised a deal with Cees de Jongh.
Johan V. (de Hakkelaar
) got sentenced to 6 years in prison and a fine of 200 million Euro.
Cees de Jongh got sentenced to a fine of 500 million guilder. In 1993, they confiscated 6 million of his assets.
As part of the deal with Teeven, De Jongh was fined with 750,000 guilder and could keep the rest of the money tax free (in Dutch): http://politiek.tpo.nl/2014/03/11/irt-a ... t-de-wind/
Fred Teeven and Martin Witteveen also made a deal with another drug criminal - Ad Karman.
One witness claims that Mink Kok paid Fred Teeven 1.2 million guilders at the beginning of the 1990s to get back a confiscated container with 2,500 kilo cocaine.
Teeven got another 500,000 guilders for the deal with Mink Kok (in Dutch): https://www.vn.nl/de-dealmaker-waarheid ... ed-teeven/
According to the following only 5.1 million guilders of Cees de Jongh was confiscated and after paying 750,000 guilder he got 4.7 million guilders.
The deal also included the early release of De Jongh, even before he was pardoned by Queen Beatrix.
The Teeven deal was approved (in all justice) by the Procureurs-Generaal
In March 2014, Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten and Fred Teeven claimed that Cees de Jongh only got 2 million.
On 9 March 2015, Opstelten and Teeven resigned over the “bonnetjes affaire
PM Mark Rutte admitted that the deal had been approved. Rutte explained that the new commission had to “investigate” who leaked that Cees de Jongh walked away with 4.7 (instead of 2) million guilders (in Dutch): https://nos.nl/nieuwsuur/artikel/207384 ... t-het.html
There is of course much more, but I don’t know what I can find.
The Dutch Royal family is effectively immune from prosecution, so anybody can understand that they are terrified to break the law...
See crime boss Willem-Alexander, Maxima, and some drug criminals, including Siegfried “Piet” Ulrich Humphrey Wortel and Frankie Uden, South Africa 2010.