The court said it does not doubt Krol's good intentions, but that he did exceed the boundaries set by law. Because there are no signs that Krol will repeat his actions in this manner, he was only fined ¬750, while the prosecution asked for a ¬1,500 fine, the court said. Krol's tipster was fined ¬250.
Krol couldn't be reached for comment.
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