Lady Justice
Mar 29 '17 16:10

The Public Prosecutor demanded 14 year in prison against 28-year-old Abderrahim Ait H. in court on Tuesday. Ait H. is one of two main suspects in a French, Colombian drug deal that turned into murder in the Steynhotel in Zeist in June 2015. A member of the Colombian drug mafia was murdered, AD reports.

The case against fellow suspect Mohamed Z. was postponed until July because there are some witnesses that still need to be questioned.

The Red Shift solar powered car by Solar Team Twente
Mar 29 '17 15:35

TU Twente students Solar Team Twente unveiled their new solar car The Red Shift, with which they hope to win the biennial World Solar Challenge in Australia this year. They believe that some improvements to their new, sleeker design will push them over the edge to first place, NOS reports.

Two years ago the students from Enschede came in second place, just barely losing against a team from Delft. 

Mar 29 '17 15:00

Edith Schippers, who is leading the coalition negotiations for the new Dutch government, hopes that the new government will be in place by summer, she said on Wednesday following the between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks. If this succeeds, it means that the new government can prepare the budget for 2018, ANP reports.

arrest
Mar 29 '17 14:25

Three people were arrested and various homes and office buildings were raided on Tuesday in an investigation into 8 million euros worth of fraud committed by Dutch investment company Hollandsche Wind. The Public Prosecutor and tax investigative service FIOD also seized several cars, Tubantia reports.

Meat processing
Mar 29 '17 13:50

Departing State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs wants to install cameras in Dutch slaughterhouses and give the footage to Dutch food safety authority NVWA to monitor abuse. This is in reaction to leaked footage showing horrible abuses in a Belgian slaughterhouse, AD reports.

The video from Tielt, Belgium shows pigs being kicked and beaten, being cut open while fully conscious and being drowned. The slaughterhouse, which also supplied some Dutch butchers, was closed indefinitely.

Mar 29 '17 13:15

The United States' Food and Drug Administration FDA recalled 47,362 Philips defibrillators because they may pose serious risks that may result in injury or even death, Financieele Dagblad reported on Wednesday. This is not actually a recall, only a warning of a minor problem with two defibrilators, a spokesperson for Philips said to the Telegraaf. 

Mar 29 '17 12:40

Departing State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment is organizing a conference in the United States to try and influence the U.S. administration's climate policy, NRC reports. This follows U.S. president Donald Trump's decision to put an end to the climate policy of his predecessor Barack Obama, calling it a "waste of money". Dijksma fears that without cooperation from the U.S., it may be impossible to reach the goals set in the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the newspaper.

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016
Mar 29 '17 12:05

The Dutch Public Prosecutor filed a legal request with India asking the country to extradite Shehzad Hemani to the Netherlands, the prosecutor revealed in court on Wednesday. The Prosecutor believes for the kidnapping of his 2-year-old daughter in Amsterdam last year.

Mar 29 '17 11:30

Over 70 of the 751 European Parliamentarians sent a letter to Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem demanding that he apologize for his "Schnapps und Frauen" statement and resign. The letter is singed by MEPs from 15 countries, including the German leader of the Christian Democrats, ANP reports.

Mar 29 '17 10:55

Spring arrived in the Netherlands with temperatures topping 20 degrees for the first time this season on Tuesday. Around 2:30 p.m. it was 20.2 degrees Celsius in Eindhoven and 20.0 degrees in Arcen. The usual afternoon temperatures for late March is 11 to 12 degrees, Weeronline reports

For spring to officially arrive in the Netherlands, temperatures must reach 20 degrees at the national weather station De Bilt. Weeronline expects this to happen on Thursday. Normally the first warm day of spring in the Netherlands happens around mid April.

Police
Mar 29 '17 10:20

The Oost-Nederland police arrested a police officer in the same unit on Tuesday on suspicion that he leaked information from the police systems to suspects in a robbery investigation. The 26-year-old cop is officially suspected of violating official confidentiality, ANP reports.

It is as yet unclear whether the information leak had any influence on the robbery investigation. The man is in custody and will be questioned.

Mitch Henriquez
Mar 29 '17 09:43

The lawyers of for the death of , likely hired expert forensic witness Kees Das to reexamine Henriquez death due to Das' history of backing police officers in brutality cases, AD reports.

Police
Mar 29 '17 09:12

A number of homes on Dolderstraat in Wageningen were evacuated at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning due to the discovery of a suspicious substance believed to be explosive. The substance was found after a break-in at a garage on the street, the Gelderlander reports.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called in to collect the substance. It is as yet unclear exactly what the substance is or whether it is in fact explosive. The police are investigating.

It is also unclear whether the burglars took anything from the garage. 

Jesse Klaver
Mar 29 '17 08:56

The first formal and substantive negotiations for forming a government with the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks start at 9:30 this morning. The parties will try to find common ground and make agreements on a number of major issues, including employment, income distribution, the tax system, the energy transition and the environment, security and defense, immigration and integration, education and healthcare, NOS reports.

Suspects sought in the assassination of Djordy Latumahina, 8 Oct 2016
Mar 29 '17 08:07

The police are still searching for two gunmen and a getaway driver in the on October 8th last year, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

The Schiphol tunnel
Mar 29 '17 07:30

The Schiphol tunnel is partially open to motorists again after being completely closed since Monday afternoon. Two lanes will be open during rush hour for motorists who want to take the A4 from Amsterdam, the Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat announced on Wednesday morning, AD reports.

Mata Hari
Mar 28 '17 16:45

About a century after her execution by firing squad in 1917, some of Dutch spy Mata Hari's possessions went up for auction at Amsterdam auction house De Zwaan. The auction included photos, objects, furniture and toys that belonged to her two children. All in all it raised 45 thousand euros on Monday, NOS reports.

Mar 28 '17 16:10

From Saturday smokers will no longer be allowed to smoke while standing in line for a ride or attraction in the large amusement parks in the Netherlands, the Club van Elf, which represents 21 amusement parks, announced, NU.nl reports.

This measure is intended to keep young children away from secondhand smoke.

The parks themselves will choose which measures to take for enforcement. Efteling, for example, is adjusting its no smoking signs and will reprimand people who smoke in the queue. Smoking areas will be designated.

Canadian rapper Drake
Mar 28 '17 15:35

Amsterdam fans of Canadian rapper Drake were disappointed on Monday night when he canceled his show at the Ziggo Dome more than an hour after it was set to start. The rapper was sick and returned to his hotel. This is the third Amsterdam show he canceled, NU.nl reports.

The Schiphol tunnel
Mar 28 '17 15:00

The portion of the southbound A4 expressway that travels through the Schiphol Tunnel will remain closed at least through the evening rush hour period, and possibly into Wednesday, Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat announced Tuesday afternoon. The decision was made when engineers were unable to restart exhaust fans in the tunnel during safety testing.

Djordy Latumahina
Mar 28 '17 14:25

The police are certain that the was a case of mistaken identity, the police and Public Prosecutor confirmed to Het Parool after reports about it in the Telegraaf. On Tuesday morning the police arrested five people between the ages of 25 and 50 years during raids in Aalsmeer. All five are suspected of involvement in Latumahina's murder. 

Mar 28 '17 13:50

Ransomware was found on the computer systems of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, a spokesperson for the Kamer confirmed to various news sources after D66 parliamentarian Kees Verhoeven posted about it on Twitter. Exactly what happened is unclear, but according to Tweakers, the problems are largely solved.

"The Kamer already took appropriate measures. As usual, we can not discuss it further because of safety", the Kamer spokesperson said to NOS.

Mar 28 '17 13:15

Khadija Arib (PvdA) will be the president of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, for the next governing period. Until 10:00 a.m. this morning parliamentarians could present themselves as candidate for the presidency, Arib was the only one to do so. She will be officially appointed on Wednesday, NOS reports.

Ecstasy lab found in home on Rapenlandstraat in Eindhoven, 19 Feb 2017
Mar 28 '17 12:40

Drug criminals seem to be moving their activities from the southern parts of the Netherlands to the rest of the country, especially when it comes to ecstasy, the police concluded from the latest figures on ecstasy, RTL Nieuws reports.

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