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Dutch justice minister fined for Covid breach

September 19, 2020

THE HAGUE: Dutch prosecutors said on Friday they had fined the justice minister after he was pictured breaking coronavirus social distancing measures at his wedding. Ferd Grapperhaus, who sparked an outcry after being pictured standing close to dozens of people, must pay 390 euros (460 dollars) for the breaches.

The public prosecution service said in a statement it was fining Grapperhaus for "having infringed rules against coronavirus at his marriage on August 22." Prosecutors said the fine had to show the "credibility" of the anti-virus rules, of which Grapperhaus was the "figurehead".