Prominent Dutch lawyer Wakkie arrested in Spain

 16 Jan 2017 - 22:52


Madrid: Spanish police arrested prominent Dutch corporate lawyer Peter Wakkie at Madrid airport yesterday in an investigation into the insolvency of Russian-Spanish telecom firm ZED+, a judicial source said.
A spokesman for Wakkie, who is ZED+’s interim manager, said he could not immediately comment on the arrest at Barajas Airport after a flight from the Netherlands, where the company is domiciled.
The source from the Spanish investigation said Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutor’s office was seeking to charge Wakkie with belonging to a criminal organisation and making false claims of insolvency.
The source, speaking anonymously to confirm a report in news outlet El Confidencial, declined to elaborate on either charge and said the proceedings were secret. Further calls to Wakkie’s spokesman on the charges went unanswered. A spokeswoman for the Spanish High Court declined to comment on the arrest.
Wakkie was named interim top manager of ZED+ by the Amsterdam Commercial Court in November 2014 pending an inquiry into the company’s previous management, whose infighting had brought it close to bankruptcy, according to Dutch court documents.
In February 2016, the court suspended ZED+ Co-President and Chief Executive Javier Perez Dolset from its board of managers after the London Court of International Arbitration found in 2015 that he had forged documents.