Cafe In The City in Amsterdam was closed down indefinitely by order of Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on Wednesday evening following the discovery of a small explosive, believed to be a hand grenade, earlier in the day, Het Parool reports.
Police responding to Amsterdam's Leideplein entertainment district found a "small explosive" on the Kleine Gartmanplantsoen. The explosive was discovered in a hotel and catering facility, police said on Twitter at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday. An explosives disposal unit was en route to the scene, police added.
A court of appeals sentenced Utrecht serial rapist Gerard T. to 16 years in prison on Wednesday, thereby upholding his previous sentence. T. was found guilty of raping four women. He was also suspected of 18 other rape cases over several years starting in 1995, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute him for these, NU.nl reports.
Anonymous tip line Report Crime Anonymously gave a record number of 16,900 tips through to the police last year. Thanks to these anonymous tips a total of 1,671 suspects were arrested and more than 1,100 crimes were solved or prevented, the tip line announced with its annual figures on Tuesday, ANP reports.
About one in three tips received by the hot line is eventually given through to the police. The majority of the tips were made by telephone and about a quarter came in online.
A criminal investigation was launched against a court bailiff in Limburg who is suspected of demanding sex from women in lieu of money. A number of women reported the man to the police, a spokesperson for the police confirmed to ANP.
The women claim that the man from Sittard collected their payments in the form of sexual favor, the spokesperson said. He could not say exactly how many women filed reports against the bailiff, but did say that there may be more victims who have not turned to the police yet.
The police believe that a hair stylist who was set on fire in Enschede last week may have been mistaken for someone else, officers said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. The man took ownership of the hair salon only five weeks ago.
A man was killed after two suspects invaded his Geleen home during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Some Dutch media sources report that the man was shot to death, though this has not yet been confirmed, ANP reports.
According to the police, a witness heard a bang and that is why there is talk of a shooting. But the cause of the man's death is still uncertain. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two Van Gogh paintings stolen from Amsterdam in 2002 and then recovered in the home of a mafia boss in Italy last year, is currently on show in Naples, Italian news site The Local reports. The paintings are on show in Naples until February 26th, as a thank you to the city for the local police's role in tracking them down.
Hani Al Rawi, a Syrian refugee now living in the Netherlands, spent about six months in the notorious Saydnaya prison in the Syrian capital Damascus. "I hung six hours per day with my wrists tied together", he said to broadcaster NOS about the experience.
On Tuesday the Supreme Court sentenced kickboxer Badr Hari to two years in prison, 10 months conditionally suspended. The Dutch kickboxer was found guilty of various assaults, including that of now deceased businessman Koen Everink at Sensation White in Amsterdam in 2012. After Hari's time in custody is subtracted from the sentence, he still has to spend about 6 months in jail, NU.nl reports.
The police are urgently looking for more information on Amsterdam assassination victim Justin Jap Tjon. Investigating officers are also looking for a number of specific witnesses to the 25-year-old man's assassination in Osdorp last week, AT5 reports.
The International Criminal Court (ICJ) in The Hague supports American lawyer Chaka Laguerre wish for an independent investigation into her arrest in The Hague last month. According to the lawyer, her arrest was racially motivated and excessively violent. In a statement released by the ICJ last week, and posted on Facebook on Monday, the court says that it "continues to follow this matter closely and would like the facts of the incident to be fully clarified."
Two alleged members of an Irish organized crime outfit are in custody in Amsterdam after a failed attempt to assassinate a target in a bar there, according to Irish news site Independent.ie.
Dutch designers Erwin Zwiers and Margje Teeuwen are accusing IKEA of copying their design for a ceiling lamp that looks like a wad of paper. The duo filed a lawsuit against the Swedish company, charging the furniture store chain with "slavish imitation". The court in Amsterdam will rule on this case in March. the Volkskrant reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam fined a home owner and key business Iamb&b a total of 297 thousand euros for not adhering to the city's rules regarding Airbnb listings, Het Parool reports. The home owner and Iamb&b together listed 11 apartments on the site.
The Environment and Transport Inspectorate issued a 10 thousand euro fine to a taxi driver at Schiphol airport on Saturday night. He was caught drivng passengers around using someone else's taxi license, Het Parool reports.
This fine was part of a large scale taxi inspection the Inspectorate did at the airport on Saturday. A number of fines were also handed out to taxi drivers who had gone too long without taking a break. To ensure road safety, taxi drivers have to take mandatory rest time.
Political parties ChristenUnie-SGP and PvdD in Bosschenhoofd wants to know from the province of Noord-Brabant how an Amsterdam man managed to smuggle 12 kilograms of cocaine through Breda International Airport in December without being caught, BN De Stem reports.
A 30-year-old teaching assistant at Het Relief school in Enschede was suspended with immediate effect after the parents of a 15-year-old student accused him of sexually abusing their son, AD reports.
Canadian woman Carol Todd is in the Netherlands and attending the trial of Aydin C. from Tilburg. The Dutchman is believed to be responsible for extorting and torturing Carol's daughter Amanda Todd with nude photos of herself until the 15-year-old girl committed suicide in 2012 shortly after posting a video on YouTube in which she tells her story.
Volkert van der Graaf, the convicted murderer of populist politician Pim Fortuyn, does not have to go back to jail, the Amsterdam court ruled on Monday. According to the court, Van der Graaf is keeping to his conditions for early release, NU.nl reports.
The Netherlands can and should be preventing Dutch companies from exporting polluting fuel to Africa, lawyers of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) conclude in an investigation commissioned by environmental organization Milieudefensie. By not intervening, the Dutch government is violating international treaties and human rights, the researchers conclude, the Telegraaf reports.
Pegida leader Edwin Wagensveld was arrested on Sunday afternoon during a demonstration by the anti-Islam movement in Utrecht. According to the police, he was arrested for demonstrating where he was not allowed to, ANP reports.
"He was on the Janskerkhof making a statement towards various media. This was not allowed, so we took him away", a police spokesperson said to the news wire. Wagensveld was taken to a police station for questioning.
The police found an explosive in a home on Robert Scottstraat in Den Bosch on Sunday night. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was called in and advised that the surrounding homes be evacuated. The residents of four homes spent about an hour and a half taking shelter in a police van before being allowed to return to their homes, NOS reports.
A new wave of assassinations seems to have hit the Nethelrands. In less than five weeks, four people were assassinated, two of them in this week, the Telegraaf reports.
Four assassinations in five weeks is a remarkably high number, given the fact that the average in the Netherlands is about eight a year. The high number is on par for the past three years. At least 60 assassinations were committed during this time. That massive increase is even more remarkable when you take into account that the total number of murders in the Netherlands decreased by about 30 percent since 2002.