Peter R. de Vries may continue to have confidential telephone conversations with Nabil B., key witness in the Marengo liquidation process.

The court in The Hague ruled this on appeal on Tuesday.

De Vries is employed by the law firm of Peter Schouten.

He is assisting B., crown witness and also suspect in the Marengo trial.

De Vries acts as, among other things, B.'s media spokesperson and counselor.

In this way, De Vries can use the secret holder number of the law firm and communicate confidentially with B.

That has happened several times.

The Ministry of Justice has objected to the role of De Vries as a confidant of B. The case was taken to court, which ruled that De Vries has a right of nondisclosure and may hold confidential telephone conversations with crown witness B. Now the court of appeal also has De Vries and Schouten in the equal.

See also: What You Need to Know to Follow the Marengo Process