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Feb 23 '17 16:31

The Dutch nationalist and anti-Islam political party PVV has suspended all election campaigning and public appearances in the midst of a corruption scandal. The scandal involves a member of the security details of both the PVV and the royal family who was arrested on Monday for leaking classified information to organized crime figures.

Police chief Erik Akerboom said at no point was anyone's safety compromised despite allegations that security officer Faris K. is accused of leaking information to a Dutch-Moroccan gang.

Feb 23 '17 11:13

Thanks to higher than expected revenue and lower than expected spending, the Dutch government is left with a 200 million euros surplus on the 2016 budget, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance said in a letter to parliament on Thursday, ANP reports.

The surplus can almost entirely be attributed to the total tax and premium revenue of last year, which came out 3.1 billion euros higher than projected. Expenses were 0.2 billion euros lower. In the Autumn calculations the government still expected a budget deficit of 3.1 billion euros.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Feb 23 '17 09:55

Schiphol airport canceled about 90 flights on Thursday due to the weather conditions, a spokesperson announced. So far there's been no significant delays, but they are expected to increase as the winds intensify and a February storm approaches the Netherlands, the spokesperson said, according to the Volkskrant.

1,100 kilos of heroin seized at the port of Antwerp, shipped from Iran
Feb 23 '17 09:20

On Tuesday the Dutch police arrested six persons in connection with the discovery of 1,100 kilograms of heroin in a container from Iran, the police said in a statement. The drugs' street value is around 34 million euros, according to the police. More arrests may follow.

The arrests were made after the Dutch authorities and Belgian authorities jointly searched a container from Iran in the port of Antwerp on Monday. In it they found the drugs hidden in two baking machines. The drugs were removed and the container was sent on to its destination.

Arrest
Feb 23 '17 08:57

The police arrested six people in connection with the kidnapping of a 53-year-old man in the small Dutch town of Nunspeet in December. The arrests were made on Wednesday, the police said in a statement. So far no information was released about the motive for the kidnapping.

The suspects are two men from Breda age 50 and 29, two from Tilburg age 36 and 30, a 59-year-old from Rotterdam and a 67-year-old man from Alphen aan den Rijn. Seven homes in Breda, Tilburg, Oss, Rotterdam and Alphen aan den Rijn were raided. A number of items were seized, including two firearms.

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Feb 23 '17 08:32

There is no reason to believe that an information leak discovered in the Safety and Security Service of the police put any of the people under the Service's protection in danger, Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice wrote to parliament on Wednesday. The government is taking the matter "very seriously", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, ANP reports.

Feb 23 '17 08:01

The Public Prosecutor believes that lawyer Stijn Franken smuggled letters to and from criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder while he was in restricted custody in the high security prison in Vught, the Telegraaf reports. 

Wind sock
Feb 23 '17 07:36

A massive storm is set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon, bringing with it winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour. The windy weather is expected to cause problems with all forms of transport in the country, from motor traffic to planes.

Feb 22 '17 16:53

With wind gusts expected to reach 130 km/h on Thursday, the Dutch national railway NS preemptively cancelled trains nationwide. The trains will run on a substantially reduced schedule so crews have enough time to deal with incidents like downed wires and fallen trees.

NS told passengers it made the decision in unison with ProRail, which runs handles maintenance on the railroads. The NS took to its mobile app and website to announce the decision.

Feb 22 '17 14:00

In its annual report Amnesty International is sounding the alarm about the rise of populism across the world and the implications it has for human rights. According to the human rights organization, the situation deteriorated significantly over 2016, and that can be attributed political forces rebelling against the established order. Also in the Netherlands populism is a rising problem, the organization said in a brief press conference about the report, NOS reports.

Police
Feb 22 '17 13:20

A police officer was arrested on Monday on suspicion of leaking investigation information to a Moroccan-Dutch criminal organization, NRC reports. According to the newspaper, the officer in question is of Moroccan descent and works at the so-called Safety and Security Department, tasked with providing security to the royal family and threatened politicians like Geert Wilders, among others.

Feb 22 '17 12:05

Schiphol advises all travelers to keep an eye on their airline's website for actual flight information, as the windy weather in the Netherlands is causing delays. Meteorological institute KNMI for strong winds for Thursday, but this morning a number of flights were already delayed due to the weather.

Feb 22 '17 09:37

Even though Dutch people like to grumble when things do not go their way, the population is generally pretty satisfied about the country, according to a study I&O Research did on behalf of newspaper AD. The survey among more than 6 thousand Dutch found that while there are concerns about contradictions in society, most are positive about the Netherlands' future, AD reports.

Mental health problems
Feb 22 '17 09:07

The Bonhoeffer College in Enschede opened its doors on Tuesday, in the middle of spring break, for a few hours to give students the chance to talk about their 15-year-old classmate Onur committing suicide after finding a nude photo of himself online. The school leaders spoke to the teens before they broke up in groups to share their emotions in the presence of Victim support employees and district coaches, the Telegraaf reports.

Numerous barrels of drug waste found in Weert, 21 Feb 2017
Feb 22 '17 08:12

On Tuesday evening two police officers and a photographer in Weert fell ill after investigating dumped barrels of drugs-waste. They were suffering from stinging eyes and irritated airways and were taken to hospital, a police spokesperson said to AD.

A number of 200 liter barrels and about ten 50 liter barrels were found on Driehoeksweg. It is believed that several of these barrels leaked. Exactly what substances are in the barrels is still unclear.

The police called in a specialized company to clean up the drug waste.

Feb 22 '17 07:48

On Tuesday the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, that makes the cultivation and transportation of cannabis in hashish legal under strict conditions. Now it has to pass through the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, though it is uncertain whether the bill will make it.

Feb 21 '17 16:00

A narrow majority of Dutch parliament members voted to allow the cannabis cultivation, a move that further liberalizes a somewhat cumbersome drug policy where the selling of cannabis is tolerated but buying it abs growing it are illegal. Just 77 MPs out of 150 voted in favor of the proposal brought forward on Tuesday by centrist party D66.

The rule must still pass the Senate, or Eerste Kamer. It is not clear if a majority exists in favor of the law change in the Senate.

Feb 21 '17 09:06

A 15-year-old boy from Enschede committed suicide by jumping off an apartment building on Sunday after finding a nude photo of himself online. It is believed that the photo - a self portrait taken in the mirror - was posted on Instagram by a girl that used to attend the same school, AD reports.

Feb 21 '17 08:41

Possible forgery by a clerk at the court in Arnhem could result in a 26-year-old man from Arnhem, convicted of killing his infant son, going free, according to the lawyers representing him, AD reports.

The 26-year-old man was sentenced to 46 months in prison in October last year for the severe abuse and neglect of his son, resulting in the baby's death in 2010. The baby had several broken bones and eventually died from the effects of an intestinal perforation. According to the doctors who examined the baby's body, that was caused by a hard punch in the stomach. 

Feb 21 '17 08:02

Two thirds of Defense personnel have no confidence in the top military leadership, according to a survey of nearly 8,500 Defense employees by military unions AFMP, ACOM, VBM and KVMO. More than 84 percent say that Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert does not give them more confidence in the organization, the Telegraaf reports.

Police
Feb 21 '17 07:34

Last year the Dutch police again received more reports about disturbed people causing problems, the police confirmed to ANP. Nearly 75 thousand reports were received, compared to about 66 thousand in 2015. Since 2012 the number of reports about disturbed problem causers increased by an average of 14 percent per year.

"We have the impression that the severity of the incidents is increasing. This has an impact on the environment and requires a lot of police on the street", Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Allbersberg said to ANP.

Feb 20 '17 15:30

Three leading members of motorcycle gang Satudarah were convicted in a big drug case on Monday. Their sentences were much lower than the Public Prosecutor demanded, however. According to the court in Breda, there is no evidence that the suspects formed a criminal organization, ANP reports.

The highest sentence was imposed on Bjorn E., vice president of the Satudarah chapter in Tilburg. He got 46 months in prison for money laundering and involvement in the production of raw materials for drugs. The Prosecutor demanded 8 years against him

Mitch Henriquez
Feb 20 '17 14:50

Two Hague police officers are in the high security court at Schiphol on Monday for a pro-forma hearing in the case around the death of Aruban man shortly after his arrest in 2015. They are facing charges of , but may eventually be convicted of culpable homicide, AD reports.

Feb 20 '17 10:10

Thousands of residents in the Gelderland municipalities of Doesburrg, Arnhem, Rheden and Rijnwaarden are advised to boil their tap water before drinking it, following a persistent fault in the water system. Showering and washing with the water is safe, the Telegraaf reports.

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