Lady Justice (Photo: Roland Zumbuehl/Wikimedia Commons)
Oct 28 '16 11:40

From today there will be no more mediation between offenders and victims in Dutch criminal cases - The Ministry of Security and Justice's money for this part of the legal system is done and running trials have been stopped, Trouw reports. No money is allocated for mediation in 2017.

Oct 28 '16 10:56

From now on refugees in the Netherlands will as far as possible be housed in a municipality where there is work that suits them, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment announced in a letter to parliament. Up until now refugees were distributed more or less randomly, the Telegraaf reports.

Oct 28 '16 10:29

A massive 90 percent of the money available for settling earthquake damage in Groningen is spent on inspections, experts and reports. Only 10 percent goes to actually repairing the damage caused by fracking earthquakes, the Volkskrant reported on Friday based on the latest quarterly report by Hans Alders, the National Coordinator for Groningen.

U.S. nuclear test 1954
Oct 28 '16 09:51

The Netherlands was on of 16 countries that abstained on voting on United Nations negotiations on an international nuclear weapons ban. The negotiations will start next year - 123 countries voted for talks on nuclear disarmament and 38 countries voted against, NOS reports.

Oct 28 '16 09:12

PVV leader Geert Wilders will not be attending the hate speech trial against him for statements he made about "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands in 2014. In an open letter in Dutch newspaper AD, he called the trial a "process against freedom of speech". "I refuse to cooperate with that." he wrote.

Oct 28 '16 08:43

Gerard Bouman, former Chief of the National Police, is under an investigation aimed at finding out whether he was involved in expense irregularities in the police's central works council (CWC), the Gelderlander repoprts based on information from insiders.

Smoke released by a massive fire at wax factory Koster keunen in Bladel
Oct 28 '16 08:18

No hazardous substances were released in the fire that started in wax factory Koster Keunen in Bladel on Thursday night, the police said on Friday. Loca residents were evacuated and spent the night in a hotel, Omroep Brabant reports.

The fire in industrial park De Sleutel on Raambrug is still burning. Firefighters are keeping it under control, but is letting the building burn. The presence of so much natural wax means that extinguishing it makes no sense. A number of companies on the terrain will not open on Friday.

Oct 28 '16 07:55

Two men were arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left two people dead in Tilburg on Thursday night. The owner of the car was arrested as well as his brother, who the police believe may have been driving the car, Omroep Brabant reports.

Insiya Hemani
Oct 28 '16 07:45

It seems that Shehzad Hemani managed to get his kidnapped daughter Insiya to India, according to the toddler. The newspaper traced him to Dumbai.

Witnesses told the newspaper that the 2-year-old Dutch girl is being hidden in Hemani's mother's apartment. They saw and heard the toddler, who was violently kidnapped from Amsterdam late in September.

Oct 27 '16 16:35

Retail chain C&A is closing four stores in May and June next year, Trouw reports based on a letter the HR director sent to staff members. Affected stores are the store on Vredenburg and in Kanaleneiland in Urecht, as well as stores in Pijacker and NIjverdal.

According to the newspaper, these stores are closing due to their "poor economic results". C&A does not expect the results to improve in the coming years. 

Oct 27 '16 16:00

United States company Qualcomm acquired Dutch chipmaker NXP in a deal that involves about 43 billion euros, NOS reports. According to the broadcaster, this is one of the largest acquisitions of a Dutch company in history.

Oct 27 '16 15:25

A number of parties in the Tweede Kamer - the lower house of Dutch parliament - criticized Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the "vague" manner in which he handles files on the Royal family. According to the parties, Rutte was not transparent in his information and a series of incidents invovling the royals is bad for support of the monarchy, reports.

Oct 27 '16 14:50

Ad van den Hurk verbally attacked Jos de G., the suspect in the rape and murder of his daughter Nicole, in the Den Bosch court during the last day of the trial on Thursday. Among other things, he called De G. a "breathing flesh heap" and creature" and blamed him for showing no remorse for what he did to his daughter, the Telegraaf reports.

Oct 27 '16 14:12

Five men were sentenced to four years in prison for arson with a terrorist intent at a mosque in Enschede in February. They threw molotov cocktails at the mosque while there were about 30 people inside, including children. 

Oct 27 '16 13:25

KLM's independence will not be compromised by the new strategy for Air France-KLM that CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac is presenting early next month, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance assured parliament after several dais of intensive discussions with the CEO, NOS reports.

Oct 27 '16 12:50

D66 parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra is worried about high suicide rates among gay and transgender young people. She is calling on the government to come up with effective measures to prevent young people in this group ending their lives prematurely, the Telegraaf reports. 

Oct 27 '16 12:10

A student who sustained a brain injury during hazing at the Groningen student association Vindicat decided to file charges against the association, the Public Prosecutor announced, RTL Nieuws reports.

The young man sustained a cerebral edema when another student stood on his head. 

According to the Prosecutor, the investigation into the incident is still ongoing. A spokesperson could not yet say whether it will end up being a criminal case.

Oct 27 '16 11:35

Several hundred tourists, including a number of Dutch, have been stranded on the Canary Islands of Lanzarote and Fuereventura since Tuesday. Persistent bad weather in Lanzarote meant that their TUI flight could go no further than Feurteventura, AD reports.

According to TUI, 173 passengers are involved. Their flight to Lanzarote left from Schiphol on Tuesday, but due to bad weather they had to spend the night on the neighboring island.

Jade Belt
Oct 27 '16 10:52

Jade Belt, 21 from Nieuwerker aan den IJssel, is facing a lawsuit for wrongful death and reckless driving after being involved in a fatal accident in Australia over the weekend, her mother Ruth told RTL Nieuws. They left for Australia immediately after hearing of the accident.

Netflix documentary Making a Murderer poster
Oct 27 '16 10:27

Attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer are heading for Amsterdam. On March 20th they will be in the De Meervaart theater to discuss the high-profile trial that is the focus of their documentary. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Oct 27 '16 10:01

The Netherlands needs more police officers on the roads to tackle traffic violators, national traffic prosecutor Achilles Damen said to the Telegraaf. According to him, direct confrontation between violators and officers is the most effective way to reduce violations.

"Now with speeding for example, you get a ticket in the mail about two weeks later and you don't even remember that you were driving to fast", Damen said to the newspaper. "Instant confrontation works much better and prevents recurrence." More officers on the roads mean a bigger chance of being pulled over.

Oct 27 '16 09:29

A police officer in Eindhoven is being prosecuted for hitting a pedestrian with his car, causing serious injury, in August. The Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal police investigations, looked into the incident and based on that investigation the Public Prosecutor decided to prosecute, NOS reports.

The incident happened on Sunday, August 7th. The officer was responding to a report, but could not move his car because a group of people was in the way. He drove in their direction at walking speed.

Shooting at Green Place coffeeshop on Kloveniersburgwal in Amterdam, 27 Sept 2016
Oct 27 '16 09:22

The police released footage of a shooting at Green Palace coffeeshop on Kloveniersburgwal in late September in the hopes that information from the public may lead to an arrest. The shooting happened at 4:15 a.m. on September 27th.

The footage show a man driving up on a gray scooter from the direction of the Nieuwmarkts. He pulls a gun from his bag and starts shooting. Something seems to be wrong with the gun and e calmly takes the time to solve the problem and resume his shooting.

The coffeeshop was hit at least once. It was closed at the time and no one was injured.

Oct 27 '16 09:09

The police believe that the perpetrators behind the assassination of Ali Motamed in Almere in December last year, may live in Amsterdam. Analysis of telephone traffic revealed that they likely live somewhere in the area south of Gaasperplas to Gein, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht, AT5 reports