Spanish police let Dutch lawyer Peter Wakkie free

Spanish police let Dutch lawyer Peter Wakkie free

The Dutch lawyer Peter Wakkie is again on free foot. The police in Madrid, on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday at 00.30 hours the hearing ended and has him released, reports the spokesman of Wakkie in the Netherlands after he had contact with his lawyer in Spain.

The lawyer was Monday morning arrested upon arrival at the airport of Madrid. The Spanish onlinekrant El Confidencial reported that Wakkie was arrested in connection with the payment of millions of euros kickbacks to family members of Russian ministers.

Lawyers of Wakkie the Netherlands weerspraken that accusation, however, strongly and said that he is held for the purpose his position in a business dispute to undermine.

According to the spokesperson can Wakkie just go back to the Netherlands. “I’m happy as a friend and spokesman, that he is released.”


The lawyer is known as a former director of supermarket group Ahold. There he performed in 2003, in the aftermath of the accounting fraud at the parent company of Albert Heijn. After his retirement at the end of 2009, he remained active as commissioner of several well-known companies, such as ABN AMRO, TomTom, and Wolters Kluwer.

At the end of march 2015 left Wakkie at ABN AMRO, because of the controversy about the ultimately undone salary increase for directors of the bank. He was vice-president of the supervisory board and chairman of the committee, which is involved with rewards and appointments in depth.

Wakkie also occurs often as the advocate of football club Ajax.

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