In the second half of 1946 a former member of the Dutch Supreme Court, Mr. W.M. Weitjens, became the center of a scandal of corruption. During
the second world war, Weitjens had been a member of the Supreme Court
(from 8 October 8 1941 until 20 September 1944). He had been installed by the German occupier and was fired on 22 June 1946 (retroactively per
20 September 1944). Weijtjes was accused of several wrongdoings that supposedly occurred in the second half of 1946, i.e. after his term as supreme court member. First, he had paid a former police inspector 5,000 guilders. This inspector had in turn bribed two chief investigators of the Central Asset Investigations Agency (M.J. Vonk and C.B.M. Van Vliet) with 750 and 500 guilders respectively. In this way Weitjens managed to get in touch with a stockbroker named Mr. Rebholz, who was locked up - as many others in the immediate aftemath of WWII - in a school building in Amsterdam as a political delinquent. Weijtjes needed information from Rebholz on stocks, supposedly to make a profit in the post-war chaos. For his attempts to contact Rebholz, Weitjens was sentenced to four months in prison in April 1949 by the Court of Justice in Amsterdam. The two inspectors were both also convicted for accepting bribes. In a parallel case, Weitjens was also convicted by the special post-war tribunal in the Hague for trading with the enemy and for not acting as 'a decent patriot', due to his affiliation with the German occupier. He was accused of using the particular circumstances of the war to enrich himself by acting as an intermediary between Dutch and German institutions. His part in selling paintings from deported Dutch Jews to a German museum was also widely discussed and added fuel to the debate.
Joep Galiart was mayor of
the town of Geulle in the province of Limburg. For two years, Galiart was on the
payroll of a gravel dredging company that had
major interests in obtaining new gravel dredging areas. Upon investigation, the National Police did
not succeed to collect enough evidence to prove that Galiart had actually obtained
money from Van Hasselt through bribes. Hence they summoned Galiart
with the accusation of not mentioning the wages he received as the company's commissioner to
the tax office. After his conviction, Galiart continued his work as a
mayor, but two months later, he resigned due to health conditions. Notwithstanding his conviction, and following advise of the Queen’s Commissioner in Limburg, he demanded and was granted a honourable discharge.