The House of Representatives wants Sywert van Lienden and his business partners Bernd Damme and Camille van Gestel to return the money they earned with the face mask deal to taxpayers.

They have "enriched themselves on improper grounds", according to a motion by DENK leader Farid Azarkan that was passed with a large majority.

However, the House does not want to enforce the repayment now.

Van Lienden and his business partners entered into a deal with which they received more than 100 million euros in tax money for about 40 million face masks that were never used.

In addition, there are doubts in parliament whether the deal was concluded in a fair manner.

The Chamber hopes that Van Lienden and his business partners will return 28 million euros.

Van Lienden says he does not want to go into the matter substantively.

"Minister Van Ark has announced an investigation. Let's wait for the outcome," he says.

According to Azarkan, Van Lienden asked too much money for the mouth caps, delivered poor quality and pretended in the media that he had no profit motive when he was.

The DENK leader had therefore filed another motion advocating that the deal be reversed, for example on the basis of laws stating that the agreement can be annulled in the event of fraud or an unfair representation.

This motion was not supported.

Azarkan presented his motions last week during a debate on the justification for the expenditure of the government.

Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte then said that it is not up to the cabinet to interfere with an appeal from the House to refund money.

He did, however, say that he was against forcing a refund.

Rutte said that Azarkan had drawn all kinds of conclusions that have not yet been substantiated.

He also wants to wait for the investigation.

"We're not going to get ahead of it."

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