The head of the Economic Crimes Department at Europol is optimistic that people accused of breaking financial law will be brought to justice.
Carlo van Heukelom told RÚV that he believes that those who’ve committed economic crimes which led to the financial collapse of 2008 will be brought to justice with the help of Europol. Europol, he explains, doesn’t just make arrests, but is also a medium for information between European countries where fugitives may be on the run, and they also help coordinate investigations between countries.
Van Heukelom is currently in Iceland, on special invitation from the Ministry of Justice, after encouragement for the idea from Social Democrat MP Helgi Hjörvar. A bill from Helgi calling for the assets of those accused of economic crimes to be frozen is currently on the floor of parliament.
Van Heukelom added that he has helped the Icelandic government coordinate investigations with other European nations in the hopes that they can bring everyone accused of economic crimes in Iceland back to the country.