The nine suspects who were arrested yesterday in a large money laundering investigation are still in prison. A 58-year-old man from the municipality of Aa en Hunze is the main suspect in the case.

    The public prosecutor will decide tomorrow how the investigation will continue and whether it is desirable that the suspects remain in custody. In that case, they will be brought before the examining magistrate of the court, who will make the decision about the pre-trial detention.

    All suspects are currently in restrictions, which means that they are only allowed to have contact with their lawyer. A spokeswoman for the Public Prosecution Service (OM) cannot provide more information at the moment.

    Yesterday, searches were carried out in several places in the Netherlands in a joint investigation by, among others, the FIOD and the Public Prosecution Service.

    The suspect from Aa en Hunze is suspected of being involved in laundering large amounts of money and goods and VAT fraud. According to sources, it concerns Theo E. from Gasteren. His home was also raided. Theo E. is well known in the motocross world. The home of Jumbo CEO Frits van Eerd in Heeswijk-Dinther in Brabant was also searched. According to the Financieele Dagblad, he is also incarcerated.

    The money laundering happened through real estate transactions, car trading, unexplained cash deposits and sponsorship contracts in the motocross sport, according to the Public Prosecution Service. In addition, there is a suspicion of VAT fraud in the car trade.

    The main suspect is seen as a spider in the web. The co-defendants are accused of having been involved in the fraud to a greater or lesser extent.

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