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May 11 '17 08:02

Much is wrong with the working culture in the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) in The Hague, according to a report by investigative agencies Andersson Elffers Felix and INK. Staff members often feel unsafe and there is a lot of suspicion, gossiping and squabbling, they conclude after investigating the institute at the NFI's request, ANP reports. 

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May 11 '17 07:38

At least 35 criminals escaped in the Netherlands by cutting their electronic ankle monitor last year, the Telegraaf reports based on figures from Probation Netherlands.  Most of these cases involved criminals awaiting trial or serving the final stage of their sentence, according to the newspaper.

A total of about 1,600 criminals in the Netherlands are currently wearing an ankle monitor. "With 98 percent of wearers everything goes well", Sjef van Gennip, CEO of Probation Netherlands, said to the newspaper. 

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May 10 '17 13:59

Twelve girls from the Rythovious College in Eersel, Noord-Brabant were sexually assaulted by four boys from the Belgian high school Den Brandt while on a school trip to the Technopolis Museum in Mechelen. The girls pressed charges with the Belgian police, AD reports. 

According to the girls, the four boys intimidated and molested them in the museum around noon. This happened in the ladies restrooms and in some exhibition spaces. They touched the girls on their breasts and buttocks. 

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May 10 '17 09:32

Amsterdam is lowering the price of land for the construction of 1,500 mid-level rent-controlled housing, the college of mayor and aldermen announced on Tuesday. The municipality is willing to lose out on 160 million euros in income on the land in order to remedy the serious shortage of rental housing for people who earn too much to qualify for social housing, but can't afford to buy a house, Het Parool reports.

PSV Eindhoven
May 10 '17 08:22

Another two former youth players at football club PSV came forward to report that they were sexually abused while playing for the club, the Volkskrant reports.

One victim was abused in the 70s - his coach took him to the dressing room after a training and forced him to go sit in the bath, where the coach molested him. The boy went home in tears, but refused to tell his parents what happened. "I insisted that nothing happened. I was ashamed and scared that the coach would get mad at me and take me off the team." he told the Volksrkant.

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May 10 '17 07:54

A drug lab for producing Captagon pills was discovered in a raid in Brunssum, Limburg. Captagon contains amphetamine and caffeine and is a popular drug among combatant groups in the Middle East, where it is used as an 'upper' to keep fighters awake and alert, according to the Telegraaf.

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May 10 '17 07:37

The police arrested four people and seized 1 million euros in cash in an investigation into providers of smartphones that encrypt communication data. Investigators believe the suspects sold these encrypted phones to criminals, RTL Nieuws reports.

The encryption makes it harder for the authorities to listen in on conversations or read text messages from a distance. This trait makes encrypted phones extremely popular among criminals who want to hide their communication from the police.

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May 9 '17 10:50

At least eight people were injured in a serious accident involving three trucks and one car on the A12 highway at the Oud-Dijk junction in Zevenaar on Tuesday morning. The A12 highway from the German border in the direction of Arnhem is closed while the scene is being cleaned up. Cleanup is expected to take until 1:00 p.m., the police said on Twitter. 

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May 9 '17 08:49

Schiphol Airport will open all security gates in Departure Hall 1 during the summer season to help deal with the expected crowds. All security gates in Departure Hall 2 will also be opened if necessary, the airport announced following consultations between State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure, Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis and KLM CEO Pieter Elbers, NU.nl reports.

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May 9 '17 08:29

After , the trial against tennis coach Mark de J. for the started in the court in Utrecht on Monday. Several details about the business man's murder were revealed in court, including that De J.

May 9 '17 07:38

The number of Dutch transgenders who changed their gender on their passport increased significantly following the implementation of the transgender law. Between 2007 and 2014 about 80 people per year changed their gender on their passport, according to figures from social and cultural planning office SCP. In 2015 there were 770 gender changes, NU.nl reports.

Taxi
May 8 '17 14:50

The Dutch police are almost certain that a body found in a German forest, just across the border from the Limburg town of Susteren, over the weekend is the Dutch driver of a taxi found abandoned on the A12 near Zevenhuizen on Sunday morning. The taxi driver is a young man in his early 20s, AD reports.

Emmanuel Macron, elected French president on 7 May 2017
May 8 '17 08:36

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders expressed their congratulations to new French president Emmanuel Macron and congratulated the French population for choosing pro-Europe and anti-xenophobia. PVV leader Geert Wilders congratulated runner up nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen on getting the votes of "millions of patriots".

Some 100,000 people were in Rotterdam to watch the Feyenoord vs Excelsior Eredivisie match, 7 May 2017
May 8 '17 08:11

A "small group of rioters" caused major disruptions in Rotterdam after Feyenoord's shocking 3-0 defeat by Excelsior on Sunday, the police said in a statement. Some 100 people were detained for crimes including challenging the police, throwing fireworks and stones, insulting police officers and not following the police's instructions.

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May 8 '17 07:29

The body of a man was found on Memlincstraat in Eindhoven early on Sunday morning, the police confirmed in a statement. The man was shot to death. The police did not say anything about the victim's identity, but according to Omroep Brabant, he is a 32-year-old man whose girlfriend lives on the street.

The police responded to the scene around 6:00 a.m. after reports of a wounded or dead man lying on the street next to a car. The victim was already dead when emergency services arrived. 

Insiya Hemani, kidnapped in Amsterdam and taken to India
May 6 '17 18:18

The kidnapping of a young Amsterdam girl is expected to be a key topic of conversation when Bert Koenders, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, meets his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi. The two are scheduled to speak with each other on Tuesday at the end of Koenders’ four-day official visit, newswire ANP reported.

Football
May 5 '17 18:54

Two former football players at PSV and Vitesse reported to the professional football organizations that they were sexually abused while playing at the Dutch clubs in their youths. This is the first time that victims of sexual abuse in Dutch professional clubs are coming forward, according to NU.nl.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte lights the Liberation Day fire in Haarlem, 5 May 2017
May 5 '17 16:00

Prime Minister Mark Rutte kicked off the Liberation Day festivities in the Netherlands on Friday by lighting the liberation fire in Haarlem. The flame was brought from Wageningen to Haarlem last night by a group of blind and visually impaired runners, NOS reports.

Erik Akerboom
May 5 '17 13:00

Five police chiefs were caught using police funds to visit football matches and concerts, newspaper AD reported on Friday. The Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal investigations at the police, launched an investigation. National Police Chief Erik Akerboom fears that more "integrity scandals" will come to light, he said to AD.

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May 5 '17 08:29

An Iraqi militia captured the husband of suspected Dutch ISIS supporter in Mosul, according to newspaper Trouw. The capture was filmed and members of Ibrahim I.'s family identified him on the footage, the newspaper reported on Friday.

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May 5 '17 08:08

The Public Prosecutor demanded 3 years in prison against two men accused of blackmailing 32 men with sex tapes. According to the Prosecutor, the suspects secretly recorded their victims, who believed they were having webcam-sex with a woman through a dating site, AD reports.

Amsterdam prepares for the national commemoration ceremony on Dam Square for Liberation Day, 4 May 2017
May 5 '17 07:47

At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday the Netherlands commemorated the victims of World War II with two minutes of silence. Eleven people were arrested at or around the Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony on Dam Square in Amsterdam. According to the police, most committed minor offenses, AD reports.

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May 4 '17 18:00

An asylum seeker living in the Netherlands was convicted of in Kampen, a panel of judges in Zwolle, Overijssel ruled on Thursday. The Sudanese-born man, Samuel T., was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the attack in the early morning hours of September 4, 2016. During the trial, T., 33, said he would accept any punishment and was not planning an appeal.

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May 4 '17 09:07

Every month hundreds of suspicious seafaring ships enter Dutch waters without being checked, AD reports based ona data analysis made by maritime information company Winward. The ships change their identification numbers or turn off their GPS systems to hide which ports they came from, according to the newspaper.

"Such actions can be an indication of illegal activity", Ami Daniel, director of Winward, said to the newspaper. 

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