From the Netherlands: the MPs Ten Broeke, Sjoerdsma and Van Bommel submitted questions to Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today. The MPs asked about Okke Ornstein’s prosecution in Panama. Did, for example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs know about the arrest?
Question 1: Did you know about the arrest of Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein in Panama?
Question 2: Can you confirm that Ornstein has been arrested due to exposing corruption scandals, like Transparency International and other non-governmental organizations claim?
Question 3: Has the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had contact with the Panamanian authorities? If so, how? And what was the result?
Question 4: Has Ornstein been visited by members of the local embassy?
Question 5: Can you keep the parliament updated on this case?
1) The Guardian, 22 November 2016
Dutch journalist facing prison term in Panama for criminal libel
2) Transparency International Secretariat, 25 November 2016
Panama: Release Dutch journalist and abolish criminal defamation charges