More photos from Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus’s wedding have emerged, showing the minister and his guests violating the rules of the coronavirus and which, according to commentators, could potentially endanger his position.
The photos, taken by paparazzi photographer Ferry de Kok and shown on Tuesday night by celebrity program SBS Shownieuws, show Grapperhaus with his arm around his mother-in-law and a case in which he appears to be shaking hands with a guest.
Last week, Grapperhaus apologized for photos taken on the steps of Bloemenhaal town hall in which he and his guests failed to observe the 1.5 meter rule of social distancing.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at the time that mistakes had been made but that Grapperhaus’s position was not up for discussion, and at the press conference on Tuesday evening emphasized the minister’s hard work.
A Justice Department spokesman said Grapperhaus had nothing to add to the apology he had already made. However, the new photos will appear when MPs question Grapperhaus about what happened at the wedding on Wednesday.
The road guards union NBB has already announced that its members will impose fewer fines for violating the 1.5-meter rule since the wedding photos began to circulate.
“People understand the fines less,” said NBB chairman Richard Gerrits. “And street guards notice it. It is difficult to explain to people why they can get a fine, but the minister is responsible for that [for law and order] doesn’t follow the rules himself. ‘
The new photos will further harm the minister, said NOS political correspondent Wilco Boom.
So far, the coalition parties and the left opposition parties have not been on guard. He has quite a lot of recognition among MPs. (..) But that will make it difficult to keep him on the job, ”Boom said.
The photographer Ferry de Kok informed Radio 538 on Wednesday that more photos of the wedding were in preparation.
‘I have hundreds. Some shows that haven’t come out yet, but most of them are in the same order, ”he said. “I’m not offering them for publication at the same time. If I did that, I’d just get a lot of money. ‘
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