• ‘The judge bans the book on pain of penalty’

    District Court The Hague
  • ‘The court dismisses the book ban’

    Court of Appeal The Hague
  • ★ ★ ★ ★

    Nieuwe Revu, national weekly
  • ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Hebban, book review site
  • ‘Why such complex cover-up operations?’

    Al Jazeera

 

    

 

THE COVER-UP GENERAL

 

 

After previous ban, once again available


Dutch book exposes military intelligence scandal

A general sporting three stars on his uniform, commissioning a private spy to nose around in a commercial company. And this is not just anyone: it’s the general’s own wife. A tribal war within the Dutch Military Intelligence Service, with unsuspecting citizens being victimized. One would expect such a modus operandi in North Korea, not in the Low Countries. However, this is what author Edwin F. Giltay experienced – he vividly describes the saga in The Cover-up General (Dutch: De doofpotgeneraal).

In his book Mr Giltay depicts the rather transparent conduct of secret service agents infiltrating at the internet provider where he was assigned. Initially, a spook tried to recruit Mr Giltay as a military analyst. At the same time however, she herself was being moni­tored. At the root of this tug-of-war within Dutch Military Intelligence was the infamous film roll of Srebrenica depicting war crimes, which was misdeveloped by the Dutch Armed forces. The recruiting officer intended to make public the footage on the film wasn’t at all lost – information that would no doubt have undermined the standing of a certain triple-star general.

The Cover-up General delineates this espionage scandal and serves as a factual testimony how this secret cover-up operation spun out of control. In their billion-euro lawsuit against the Netherlands, the Mothers of Srebrenica use the book as one of their many pieces of supporting evidence. It helps back their notion of the Dutch military sharing liability in the genocide of their husbands and sons … and obscuring proof of this.

The publication infuriated top brass. After objections from military intelligence circles, the book was banned. However, the Court of Appeal of The Hague – who studied all evidence – ruled its accuracy is not in doubt and annulled the book ban. Moreover, the Appeals Court affirmed the importance of the publication for the civic discourse on Srebrenica.

 
 

His gag order was lifted: author Edwin Giltay pitches his book on stage in Amsterdam

   English

 

De doofpotgeneraal, 2nd Dutch ed.
Edwin Giltay | Epilogue Hans Laroes
Publisher Blauwe Tijger | 263 pages
Updated edition with 8 new chapters
▸ see full cover with flaps

 

Dec. 2015:

Censored

 

April 2016:

Book ban lifted

 

Paperback:

€ 19,50 incl. delivery

Audiobook:

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12 JANUARI 2017
  
  
INTERVIEW
  

‘The military has a way with intimidation’

TEXT JEROEN STAM

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DUTCH IN NOVINI.NL

ESTIMATED READING TIME: 4 MINUTES

He became entangled in a web of intrigue and rivalry within the Dutch military secret service. Putting pen to paper, he documented his experiences in The Cover-up General (Dutch: De doofpotgeneraal). The nonfiction thriller was banned by court order, but this was overruled by the Court of Appeal in The Hague. Hence, author Edwin F. Giltay recently published a revised edition of his book.

‘In 1998 – I was in my mid-twenties – I applied for a job with the Royal Netherlands Navy, and made a good impres­sion. Thereupon their counterparts from the military secret service tried to recruit me; one of their operatives asked me to become a military analyst. She had infiltrated the offices of internet service provider Casema where I was working at the time. All the while however, she herself was secretly monitored by another spy and this situation got out of hand completely. At the root of this tug-of-war within military intelligence was the infamous film roll of Srebrenica depicting war crimes. One of the factions wanted to make public the footage on the film wasn’t at all lost, the other wanted to keep this information under wraps.’

Wasn’t this footage misdeveloped by the Dutch Armed Forces?

‘Working at the internet provider, said recruiter complained about several mishaps within military intelligence. She told us the Srebrenica footage hadn’t been lost at all. In fact, she claimed she had seen the pictures herself. Her anta­gonists kept an eye on her through a spook who, it turned out, was none other than the wife of General Ad van Baal. According to my information, he had employed his spouse as a private spy. Van Baal was the deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Netherlands Army when the Srebrenica drama unfolded. It would result in an unprecedented fall from grace for him and the armed forces, should those pictures ever surface in the public domain. We are talking about evidence of the start of the genocide by the Serbs, at the time a Dutch battalion was to protect Srebrenica. Although they denied it, Dutch Army top brass was very much aware of the atrocities taking place.’

 

The Dutch military will not have applauded publication of your book.

‘The former recruiter started legal proceedings against me, claiming I was guilty of slander. Apparently, I had vilified her reputation. Quite remarkable: The Cover-up General was already available for nearly a year at that stage. While in court, she did not produce any evidence to substantiate her accusa­tions. She didn’t bring forth any proof whatsoever to support her objections. The documentation I provided, proved my story was correct.’


‘It would be an unprecedented fall from grace for the Dutch Army should the Srebrenica pictures become public.’

‘Still, the book was banned, which was completely incomprehensible. Such a restriction on the freedom of press is rather unique in The Netherlands. The Court of Appeal overturned the verdict resolutely, however. Thankfully, the judges recognized my book is based on facts. Indeed, no, I am not easily gagged.’

Did the Ministry of Defence ever delve into the intrigue within military intelligence?

‘On the contrary. After I had asked the powers that be to investigate the Casema affair, I was opposed in any way thinkable. I was intimidated actually. This I elaborate on in the new edition of The Cover-up General, and well docu­mented at that. When you consider how various intelligence agencies tried to put me under pressure, how they tried to discredit me: it gives you a pretty good insight of the modus operandi of our spooks. The military has a way with intimidation, many among former service personnel can tell a tale or two about that. Once you air the military’s dirty laundry in public, you’re bound to get into trouble. My story is but one of many.’

What do you hope your book will achieve?

‘I would greatly appreciate it, should the Casema affair be investigated after all. Intelligence personnel has been responsible for illegal infiltration, intimidation, burglary and theft. And I’d like to see the dubious part General van Baal played be unravelled. An appropriate task for the Minister of Defence. Even more important: this shady affair related to Srebrenica ought to be uncovered: after all – we are talking about genocide. The government intimidation I personally encountered, scandalous though it was, is insignificant by comparison. If the military would want to try anything to put me off again, well, all efforts to shut me up have been proven unsuccessful. I’ll take them on any day.’

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FRONT COVER 2nd EDITION
  

 
 

 

  
OTHERS ABOUT THE BOOK
  

 

‘Meticulously written and well documented’

— Jan Pronk, former minister

‘Giltay calls all involved by name. He gives dates, locations, and his narrative never runs amok.’

Leidsch Dagblad, Dutch daily

‘Mr Giltay wrote an impressive book about his experiences. I think the Minister ought to provide a real answer.’

Sadet Karabulut, Member of Parliament

★★★★★

‘The secret services torn apart, the government unmasked’

Hebban, Dutch book review site

‘This book makes clear the necessity of solid external control on intelligence and security services.’

— Bram van Ojik, Member of Parliament

‘Why did they undertake such complex cover-up operations?’

Al Jazeera

‘Book bans belong to a different era. I read the book and can recommend it to everyone. It’s very thrilling.’

— Harry van Bommel, former Member of Parliament

‘About the failed film roll film of Srebrenica, and the
muddle of intrigues and smoke screens concerning the disappearance of this possible evidence of war crimes’

de Volkskrant, Dutch daily

‘This is an important book about an important affair in which the secret service withheld evidence of war crimes, at the expense of an arbitrarily chosen but surprisingly thoughtful civilian.’

— Roel van Duijn, politician

★★★★

‘An apt observation of a sad struggle within the army command’

Nieuwe Revu, Dutch opinion weekly

‘One is aware of how the Armed Forces deal with whistle-blowers: Fred Spijkers, Victor van Wulfen and Edwin Giltay’

— Jan Born, investigative journalist EenVandaag

‘In a down-to-earth writing style with attention to detail, Edwin Giltay describes in The Cover-up General the clumsy performance of two spies with poor manners, that he witnessed.’

Haarlems Weekblad, Dutch weekly

‘I’d like to see the whole Srebrenica book be opened. The moment the government would also give dis­closure of the Giltay story, that’d be a nice bycatch.’

— Hans Laroes, former editor-in-chief NOS News

★★★★★

‘In The Cover-Up General nothing is what it looks like. It is almost stifling to read how intelligence services crowd around to make the life of innocent civilians miserable’

Boekje Pienter, Dutch army website

‘Why can’t the government just be open? It’s important that this riddle is also solved permanently.’

— Brenno de Winter, investigative journalist

The Cover-up General reads like a thrilling and very detailed ‘roman à clef’ in which the true names are revealed.’

Checkpoint, Dutch veteran’s monthly

The Cover-up General is a shocking eye-opener on how our secret services work.’

— Philip Dröge, investigative journalist

★★★

‘A must-buy is Edwin Giltay's work The Cover-up General, in which retired [3-star] General Ad Van Baal and his wife are completely pulverized. That's good for 3 stars as far as we're concerned.’

Sta-pal.nl, Dutch veterans’ blog

‘Good to see this is being reported’

— Arnold Karskens, war correspondent

‘People in high places trying to cover up their own mess, getting nailed by their own dirt. If this wasn’t a bloody serious case, the reader could perceive the story of Edwin as a magisterial joke.’

LeesKost, Dutch books blog

‘Evokes the atmosphere of Graham Greene’s famous Our man in Havana, yet situated in Delft in the offices of an internet provider ...’

— Christ Klep, military historian

‘A must-read for everybody who wants to know more about government espionage in practice and the dangers entailed for all involved.’

— Dutch library institute Biblion (2015)

‘If this is all true, then the Netherlands is an even stranger country than I started to think in the past years.’

— Chris van der Heijden, historian

‘The author describes in a compelling way the rather transparent activity of a secret agent he got confronted with at the internet service provider where he worked at the time. His report on this affair reads like a thriller.’

— Dutch library institute Biblion (2016)

‘Reality turns out more bizarre than the greatest conspiracy theory. This book proves really everything is possible, also in the Netherlands. Including threats, etc.’

Willem Middelkoop, writer

‘An exciting documentary thriller, that recounts the espionage scandal relating to the disappearance from the laboratory in The Hague of footage depicting war crimes’

Dnevni Avaz, Bosnian daily

‘Read this exciting book! Then you’ll know for sure what’s going on and what could be happening.’

Metje Blaak, Dutch prostitutes’ spokeswoman

‘Cover-ups, censorship and the shadow of a genocide that might have been prevented’

+31 Mag, Italian magazine

‘Holland is a kind of wholesale dealer of cover-ups. I recognize this story fully.’

Roger Vleugels, freedom of information specialist

‘Again, the suspicion is fed the State is responsible for letting disappear the infamous photo roll.’

— Marco Gerritsen and Simon van der Sluijs, lawyers of the ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’

‘That secret services infiltrate people at companies is not news: read Edwin Giltay’s The Cover-up General.’

Victor van Wulfen, former Dutch air force fighter pilot and trade union leader

‘During the appeal against the book ban, it immediately becomes clear that Edwin Giltay has more evidence: 30 pieces versus one.’

Schrijven Magazine, Dutch writer’s monthly

‘It’s still a mystery why the lower court ruled as it did. Appar­ent­ly, The Cover-up General was regarded by some as too explo­sive in nature.’

Jurian van Groenendaal, media lawyer

‘The Court dismisses the book ban. The accuracy of the book written by Edwin Giltay is not in doubt.’

Court of Appeal The Hague

‘I would like to see a Bosnian translation of The Cover-up General.’

Mirsada Čolaković, ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Netherlands

‘This book is characterised by the clear writing style.’

— Minister Klaas Dijkhof of Defence (2017)

 

 
 

 

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Court cases

Censorship vs. Press Freedom

40+

Recommendations

From MP's, Journalists, etc.

220+

Articles

Profuse Book Coverage

32

Countries

Exposure on 6 Continents

 
  
2014 – 2019
  
  
IN THE MEDIA
  

 

From the Netherlands to Bosnia, from the United States to Indonesia: Well over 220 articles in 32 countries were already written about the nonfiction thriller. A selection for English speakers:

 Jeroen Stam. ‘Dutch Defence Ministry keeps bumbling’ (pp. 51-53), article in Forum of Ethno­Geo­Politics, 2018. Estimated reading time: 6 minutes.

 Jasmin Agić. Long-read interview with author Edwin Giltay, Al Jazeera, 2018. Estimated reading time: 11 minutes.

   ENGLISH TRANSLATION
                 FROM SERBO-CROATIAN

The Netherlands concealed photos of dead Bosniaks from Srebrenica

The Netherlands as a country shares responsibility for the genocide committed in Srebrenica in 1995 [as one could in­ter­pret the ruling of the Court of Appeal The Hague in 2017; ed.] and the fact that the Dutch battalion stationed at the UN protected enclave did nothing to prevent the killing, is a trauma that faces Dutch society even two decades after the tragic events unfolded.
Inertness of Dutch soldiers was part of the Dutch military strategy, which according to Edwin Giltay, writer of The Cover-up General, ‘rendered the Bosniak population of Srebrenica’ to ‘soldiers of the Bosnian Serb Army’. In these dramatic moments, Dutch officer Johannes Rutten took photos showing nine Bosniak corpses, proving the onset of genocide, since the recordings were made on July 13, that is, just two days after the fall of Srebrenica. ... ▸ see more

 

CORRESPONDENT JASMIN AGIĆ

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 21 JULY 2018 BY AL JAZEERA BALKANS

In your book, you write Dutch soldiers took ‘compromising’ photos during the fall of Srebrenica. Were these photos taken on orders of the soldiers’ superiors or on their own initiative? Are there scenes in the photos which testify to the fact soldiers of the Republika Srpska Army (Serbian forces) committed crimes of genocide?

Although Dutchbat soldiers did not protect Srebrenica, they did take their role as United Nations observers quite seriously. Many took photos later used as evidence of wrongdoings, as confirmed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Ljiljana Piteša of the Office of the Prosecutor e-mailed me on 3 October 2017: ‘I would like to underscore that the cooperation provided by Dutchbat soldiers, including testifying in our cases, was essential to our successful prosecutions of the genocide committed in Srebrenica.’
However, only a limited number of photos ended up at the ICTY. Dutch lawyers Klaas Arjen Krikke and Michael Ruperti – who represented over 200 Dutchbat veterans in a planned lawsuit against their former employer – complained on 28 November 2016 in an article by Dutch news agency ANP, that a lot of photos taken by their clients were destroyed by their superiors. Other photos were taken from them by military intelligence, upon returning from Bosnia. Lawyer Krikke added ominously: ‘Dutchbat soldiers were pressured to not make this public.’
Note: Whether or not Dutchbat soldiers received orders to take photos in Srebrenica, I do not know for a fact. My book is a personal eyewitness account of an internal espionage scandal in the Netherlands, related to the cover-up of the compromising photos that were taken. Although the press describes The Cover-up General again and again as a ‘Srebrenica book’, it does not provide first-hand information about the events that took place in 1995.

You write photos were taken by Lieutenant Johannes Rutten together with two other Dutch soldiers. When were these photos taken and under which circumstances? Also, Dutch intelligence claims his photographic film was destroyed but you think otherwise. Is there a chance these films are in archives of intelligence services today? In your book you also mention a radio show in which an unnamed officer of the Dutch military testified Dutch soldiers helped the Serbian army to ‘board’ Bosniak men into buses that took them to mass killing locations...

Dutchbat Lieutenant Johannes Rutten took photos of the dramatic events in Srebrenica. According to his testimony at the Hague tribunal, he ‘observed what he believed to be a Dutchbat lieutenant and some Dutchbat soldiers assisting in the deportation of the population by helping the Muslim refugees leave the area.’
Other photos by Lieutenant Rutten would show nine bodies of Bosniaks who were murdered just before he arrived on the scene. Blood was still flowing from the corpses. While still in the area, Rutten and his colleagues were fired at by Serb forces. So, they risked their lives taking these pictures. This all happened on 13 July 1995 in Srebrenica, two days after the fall of the enclave.
What is alarming to Dutch authorities, is that the photos of these nine bodies should have been proof of the impending genocide by the Serbs, for the Dutch military to act upon. Although it was denied later on, Dutch Army top brass was very much aware at the time of the atrocities taking place, as Colonel Rutten had reported to his superiors what he had seen.
‘When the Colonel [Dutchbat veteran Johannes Rutten] ultimately returned to the Netherlands, he turned the film roll over to the Dutch army intelligence branch for developing. He was later informed that an error had occurred during the development process and that the photos were mis-developed,’ re his ICTY testimony. However, Peter Rutten (no relation) who led an official military police investigation into the photos taken by Johannes Rutten, is convinced there is a conspiracy. According to Peter Rutten, the photo roll is stored in an archive somewhere.

You say that the Ministry of Defence, Dutch intelligence and military intelligence put a lot of effort into preventing the publication of these photos. Why did they undertake such complex cover-up operations?

The covered-up photos are not only extremely damaging PR for our country. They would also support the current legal case of the Mothers of Srebrenica against the State of the Netherlands, should they emerge. I remember hearing their lawyer Marco Gerritsen complain during his plea on 6 October 2016 at the Court of Appeal in The Hague, about how essential information withheld by the Dutch State hurt his case. Ergo, enough reason for Dutch military intelligence to initiate cover-up operations and use intimidation measures to suppress these photos.

You also mention it was decided during a meeting at the secret service that all efforts must be taken to ensure the film roll would not to be published, with the excuse that soldiers needed to be protected this way. Why was such a decision made?

A military intelligence employee, while trying to recruit me as an analyst in 1998, informed me about an intelligence meeting she attended regarding the infamous film roll of photos of Lieutenant Rutten. According to her, the argument was brought forward that these photos should never be made public in order to protect Dutchbat veterans. Once published in popular magazines, veterans could be recognised by friends who then might raise difficult questions about their role in Srebrenica. This would be bothersome for the veterans...
The truth being suppressed, in a democracy: it is most shocking indeed. Photographic evidence of the start of the genocide was withheld by the Dutch government in order for ‘our boys’ to drink beer with their buddies in their local cafés without being quizzed about their failure in Srebrenica.
While the aforementioned military intelligence employee was unsuccessful in recruiting me, I discovered she herself was secretly monitored by another Dutch spy. This situation got out of hand completely. At the root of this tug-of-war within military intelligence were the infamous photos. One of the factions wanted to make public the footage wasn’t at all lost, the other wanted to keep this information under wraps.

Your book was banned in the Netherlands, yet a year later, a higher court ruled in favour of its publication. Who prevented the publication in the first place and for what reason?

I describe the secret service scandal in The Cover-up General, published in 2014. One year after publication, the intel­ligence recruiter accused me of slander and started a lawsuit against me with the support of her former intelligence boss. Surprisingly, she won. My book was banned, which was a unique setback for the freedom of expression in the Netherlands. The Court of Appeal in The Hague however, overturned the verdict resolutely. Thankfully, the judges – having studied all evidence – recognised my book is based on facts and ruled ‘its accuracy is not in doubt’.
Hence, The Cover-up General was relaunched in 2016. I added eight chapters, describing my victory for press freedom.
One consequence of the legal battle however, is I can no longer reveal the name of the indiscrete recruiter spy. Her name is to be kept secret.
The Cover-up General received great reviews and over 40 recommendations from Members of Parliament, investigative journalists, military historians etc. Even the Minister of Defence had to come forward with a reply, once a Parliamentary committee ordered him to clarify the official point of view of the Ministry of Defence.
The Minister replied, saying my book was ‘characterised by the easy-to-read style in which it was written,’ yet he claimed it to be untruthful.
Thus, the Minister fails to recognise the ruling of the Court of Appeal of The Hague and adheres to the earlier verdict which was overturned. This is highly dubious. Unfortunately, the Ministry is unwilling to resolve this scandal which embarrasses the Armed Forces no end.
Srebrenica is the biggest failure of our military, although there are numerous military scandals which have been dealt with inappropriately in the recent past. It seems to be common practise to deal with scandals in a most unpro­fessional manner.

You also write that at the time of the fall of Srebrenica, Dutch soldiers behaved irresponsibly, did not provide any resistance, nor did anything else to prevent the killings. How do you explain their behaviour and lack of empathy? Did the Dutch soldiers in Srebrenica receive an order from the Dutch army command to do nothing and were the Netherlands and the Dutch army to stay out of the conflict?

I cannot find words to describe the behaviour of Dutchbat in Srebrenica: It were Dutchbat soldiers that disarmed the Bosniaks in Srebrenica and promised to protect them. Nevertheless, when the Serbs overran the enclave, my compa­triots threw them to the mercy of their arch-enemies, without a second thought. The Dutch didn’t fire a single shot. The defence lines, dug by the Bosniaks, were handed over to Serbian troops just like that. The anti-tank weapons in the Dutch arsenal were not used.
Also note that on 10 June 1995, the day before the fall of the enclave, the French offered to support Dutchbat with sections of the Rapid Reaction Force, as well as Tiger attack helicopters and their crews. Each of these helicopters could have easily eliminated the Serbian tanks within minutes. However, the Dutch State refused to accept this offer.
Not getting involved and not doing anything was actual Dutchbat policy. Already during the training for their mission, its soldiers were instructed there were no good guys and no bad guys. They just had to bide their time. Air support was promised, in case something was to happen.

Is Srebrenica the biggest Dutch collective trauma of modern times?

The Srebrenica genocide is indeed the most painful collective trauma of our country. It is particularly hard for the Netherlands to come to terms with the shame of this dramatic episode, as so many lies have already been told by the authorities. Transparency is vital in my opinion, yet Dutch military intelligence seems to think otherwise.
On another note: It is scary that in our supposedly civilised country, it is actually legal for our secret services to intimidate Dutch citizens and disseminate disinformation, all in the interest of the State.


Note: This translation from Serbo-Croatian to English is not the work of a professional translator. It was compiled with the use of Google Translate and the answers Edwin Giltay sent to Al Jazeera by e-mail in English.

 

 

TV item about ‘whistle-blower’ Edwin Giltay in news program Hart van Nederland, TV chan­nel SBS6, 2017. Filmed in the House of Represen­ta­tives. Subtitled in English. Length: 2 minutes.

 ‘Srebrenica keeps haunting the Netherlands’ (pp. 37-41), reportage in Forum of Ethno­Geo­Politics, 2017. Estimated reading time: 7 minutes.

 Žana Božinovska. Feature on book ban (▸ see front-page), Macedonian daily Dnevnik, 2015. Estimated reading time: 4 minutes.

   ENGLISH TRANSLATION
              FROM MACEDONIAN

21st century, European Union, author Edwin Giltay:
Dutch court bans book about Srebrenica on request former spy

The Dutch media are appalled by the possibility of banning a book in a country proclaiming freedom, and comments were made that in the country in which marijuana is legal, someone could ban a book.
A Dutch court in The Hague banned the author Edwin Giltay to distribute and sell his book ‘The Cover-up General’ (De doofpotgeneraal), but also any eventual promotional activities. The book tells of the unpleasant experience of the Dutch battalion in Srebrenica, where one of its soldiers photographed the terrible crimes committed at the base in Potočari in July 1995, but the film vanished without a trace in a lab in Hague. The book, allegedly, compromises in parts the official Dutch version of the events in Srebrenica. ...
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Senior Foreign Correspondent Žana Božinovska

Originally published on 28 December 2015 in DNEVNIK

The author Giltay accuses a former member of the Dutch Intelligence Service (MID) of being responsible for the scandal in the Ministry of Defence. The former MID official, on the other hand, claims that the events imputed to her are made up and that she hasn’t been given a chance by author Giltay to tell her side of the story.

Nobody understands the decision

We asked for explanation of the court’s decision to ban the book from author Edwin Giltay, who in an interview for Dnevnik says that even he himself doesn’t know why the court made such a decision.
‘My attorney thinks that the decision is bizarre. We’ll make an appeal and hope that in a few months the decision will be changed,’ says Giltay.
He considers the decision even stranger in light of the fact that it was published more than a year ago, present on the market and people could read it. So, nobody understands why it is being banned now.
The Dutch media are appalled by the possibility of banning a book in a country proclaiming freedom, and comments were made that in the country in which marijuana is legal, someone could ban a book.
In the book – that received a good review from the former Dutch Minister of Development Cooperation, later Minister of Environment, Jan Pronk – the central topic is the collision between two groups inside the Dutch Ministry of Defence in the days of the dramatic events after the genocide in Srebrenica. One side wanted the film, on which the killing of Muslims in the base called Dutchbat were recorded, to be destroyed at any cost, film that was compromising the Dutch government. While the other side thought that the photos should be made available to the public. As is written in the book, a former Dutch general wanted to protect the members of Dutchbat by keeping the film away from the public eye.
‘It’s important to say that last year in March [2014], half a year before publishing the book, I took the text to the Ministry of Defence and asked for feedback. There were no objections to the text, no problems for publishing the book. But now the main character in my book complains about the publication. She started the lawsuit against me,’ Giltay told us.

The former spy with no evidence in court

According to the court’s verdict, the former member of the Dutch Intelligence Service requested a ban on the book because in the text her name and age were incorrect. So the court put under suspicion the accuracy of what is written in the book. But, Giltay adds, it is a fact that he wrote her name as it was written in the official documents of the Ministry and they had no remarks about it.
‘The decision is bizarre. The judge that brought the verdict had not read the book at all, which means she didn’t do her homework. Besides that, the former spy didn’t bring any documents, while my attorney came with 17 documents and proof that my story is truthful, real, based on facts. Her only proof in court was my book and nothing else,’ explains Giltay in the interview for Dnevnik.
He asked us not to reveal the name of the former spy, because by the court’s decision, he could face punishment. But he is convinced that after the appeal, the court will make another decision.
‘The problem is that I can’t talk a lot about my book because it would mean a promotion of the book and I could be fined 1000 euro a day if I retell the contents of my book. It all looks so strange. Some people tell me that maybe the book contains something that has been a secret. My webpage is banned also. Many people say that all of this is stupid because now people are even more interested in reading it,’ says Giltay, adding that 60 libraries still hold the book and people can go there and read it.


Note: Contrary to what is written above, author Giltay did not accuse the ex-spy for being responsible for this scandal. She is not the protagonist of this affair, that took place in 1998, not 1995. The main photo of this front-page article was taken by photographer John Melskens from Amster­dam. It depicts Brenno de Winter (left) who received the first copy of the first edition of De doofpot­ge­ne­raal.

 

 

TV interview by Metje Blaak with author Giltay, Amsterdam channel Salto TV, 2015. Subtitled in English. Length: 20 minutes.

 

 
 

 
PHOTO MARCO BAKKER
  
AUTHOR
  

Edwin F. Giltay (Holland, 1970) is a freelance editor of mixed Dutch-Indonesian descent. Mr Giltay worked as a technical writer for IBM and as a management assistant for Deloitte. Currently, Mr Giltay edits a number of books published by Blauwe Tijger.

Would you like to approach Mr Giltay? Please, simply send an email in either Dutch or English to edwingiltay@gmail.com.

The press can find promotion photos of the book and press releases in the press kit. Also, an English synopsis is available on request.

 

Copyright: Jeroen Stam’s interview c/o geo­political magazine Novini.nl. The text carousel programmed by Cassidy Williams. The animated section counter programmed by Sankar Shivasurya. Photo credits: The cover photo of Edwin Giltay c/o Marco Bak­ker. licensed under CC BY-NC. The avatar of Je­roen Stam c/o Stam. The photo of Jan Pronk c/o Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC BY-SA 2.0. The photo of Sadet Kara­bu­lut c/o Bas Stoffelsen of the SP, CC BY-SA 3.0. The photo of Bram van Ojik c/o GroenLinks. The photo of Harry van Bommel c/o Govert de Roos of the SP, CC BY-SA 3.0. The photo of Roel van Duijn c/o Rob Mieremet, CC0. The photo of Hans Laroes c/o Carl Koppe­schaar, CC BY-SA 2.5. The photos of Brenno de Winter and Philip Dröge c/o John Melskens. The photo of Arnold Karskens c/o wi­ki­portret, CC BY-SA 3.0. The photo of Chris van der Heijden c/o Sara van der Heijden of Wiki­portret, CC BY-SA 3.0. The photo of Willem Middelkoop c/o Govert de Roos of wi­ki­portret, CC BY-SA 3.0. The photo of Metje Blaak c/o John Melskens. The photo of Roger Vleu­gels c/o Jay Achterberg. The photo of Victor van Wulfen c/o Gabriëls foto­grafie and Van Wulfen. The photo of Mirsada Čola­ko­vić c/o the Bosnian embassy in The Hague. The front-page photo of Dnevnik depicts Brenno de Winter receiving the first copy of Edwin Giltay, c/o John Melskens. All photos are depicted here smaller than their original size. Icon credits: The flag icons c/o GoSquared, CC0. The closed captioning icon, CC0. The icons in the quotes section were copied from their respective websites. The business man and blogger icon c/o Freepik from flaticon.com, CC BY 3.0.