Governmental bodies themselves more often than in the past encounter criminal investigations. Because of the restricted immunity of public legal persons, citizens are able to raise more frequent (successful) complaints challenging a failure to prosecute, a municipality or a province. The issues raised may, for example, relate to environmental issues, accidents and fraud. It is not just the public prosecutor but also the Dutch Safety Board that regularly conducts investigations into the conduct of governmental bodies. Issues of integrity may often trigger an internal or an external investigation.
All these kinds of investigations may have a major impact on the organisation and on the individuals involved (director, functionary or elected representative). Political and media interests may play a part. The relationship between those interests and determining the right (defence) strategy may give rise to tensions. Wladimiroff's lawyers have long standing experience in providing legal assistance in such complex situations.