In the evening of Saturday 2 January, thirteen people were arrested in a catering establishment in the Paviljoenstraat in The Hague. Twelve people are suspected of illegal gambling, money laundering and identity fraud. The last person was arrested because he tried to drive into the police officers. The police are starting a further investigation into the case in cooperation with the customs authorities.
The arrests were made around 8.30 pm. Twelve men between the ages of 15 and 54 were present in the room. Some of the men are suspected of being involved in money laundering and black market money-laundering in addition to illegal gambling. All suspects were questioned at the police station and released the following day.
According to the police, guests of the restaurant who came to collect their food were offered to gamble in a room behind the establishment. In this room, among other things, playing tables were found on which playing cards and cash were found. All the players present have now been arrested on suspicion of illegal gambling and can expect a fine for non-compliance with the coronation measures.