DEN BOSCH - In the major Limburg corruption trial, the judge has delivered a harsh verdict on six former Limburg officials and two top managers of Janssen de Jong Infra.
The court in Den Bosch imposed a total of 97 months' imprisonment, of which 58 months were unconditionalDEN BOSCH - In the major Limburg corruption trial, the judge handed down harsh verdicts on six former Limburg officials and two top managers of Janssen de Jong Infra. delijk. In addition, 840 hours of community service were handed out. In ten of the fifteen court cases, the judge virtually followed the high penalty demands that the prosecution filed against the accused road construction workers and civil servants. This to the satisfaction of the prosecution. Professor of criminology Hans Nelen of Maastricht University speaks of comparatively high sentences for corruption cases.
The highest sentence fell to former regional director Mark J. of Janssen de Jong Infra. He received an unconditional prison sentence of fourteen months. His colleague Rob A., former director at JaJo, was partially acquitted and must serve six months in prison for bribing two officials. The sentence against him was 1.5 years. His lawyer Marijn Zuketto is satisfied with the partial acquittal, but is considering an appeal because he thinks A. should go free completely. Maurice Stassen, counsel for Mark J., is also considering an appeal.
Former official Jan S. of the province of Limburg must serve a year in prison and pay damages of nearly 20,000 euros to the province. His wife Dagmar M. was found guilty of complicity in official corruption and received a 240-hour community service sentence. The court also found officials from the municipalities of Maastricht, Heerlen, Nuth/Beek and Voerendaal/Stein guilty of corruption. Two officials from Sittard-Geleen and Heerlen, go free, partly because of an error in their summons. Two former JaJo employees were acquitted for lack of evidence.