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Dutch Premier Rutte Under Pressure as Political Probe Grows

  • Parliament to question justice minister on deal with criminal
  • Polls show Rutte’s party is tied before March 15 election
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Prime Minister Mark Rutte is under scrutiny less than two months before Dutch voters head to the polls after a news program alleged that his justice minister deceived lawmakers about what knowledge he had of a deal in which the government made a payment to a criminal drug trafficker.

The Dutch Parliament will question Justice Minister Ard van der Steur, a member of Rutte’s Liberal party, on Jan. 26 after the news program Nieuwsuur said that in 2015 he withheld information from fellow lawmakers about details of the transaction. The report also claimed he didn’t inform Parliament correctly when he was questioned about the issue after he became a member of Rutte’s cabinet.