Belgium

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.

arrest
Mar 24 '17 08:17

A 39-year-old man arrested in Antwerp on Thursday on suspicion of trying to commit a terrorist attack, was arrested three times last week. One of those times happened in Rotterdam, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

Why suspect Mohamed R. was arrested in Rotterdam is unclear. The police told him that he had to leave the Netherlands. He listened, because on Monday the Belgian police checked him at a friend's house in Hoboken, according to the newspaper.

Amsterdam neighborhood IJburg
Mar 10 '17 09:31

In a television program on Belgian broadcaster VRT an IJburg resident and PVV voter Zandra Lammers paints the Amsterdam neighborhood as radicalized, crime infested and derelict. Other IJburg residents are shocked and outraged by the claims made, AT5 reports.

The Belgian broadcaster introduces IJburg as a "neat new district, just outside Amsterdam, located on the IJsselmeer". Then they give Lammers the word. She was interviewed because she will soon be voting for the PVV, according to AT5.

Mark de Bonte, missing from Best from 5 Nov 2016
Feb 28 '17 13:40

There is no evidence that Belgian kickboxer Marc de Bonte was killed in any form of crime, the Dutch police concluded. The investigation into the 26-year-old Belgian's death is therefore now closed, AD reports.

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.

Jan 27 '17 08:13

The Netherlands, Belgium, France and United Kingdom reached an agreement on implementing passport controls on large international trains. A joint task force will be established to discuss this with Thalys and Eurostar, ANP reports.

The task force will also work on introducing better passenger lists for international high-speed trains. The intention behind this it so that security services can make sure no wanted criminals are on the train.

Police officers on the street
Jan 11 '17 15:00

On Tuesday the police in Zuid-Limburg arrested 14 people on suspicion of involvement in dozens of crimes including car thefts, burglaries, ram raids, handling stolen goods and money laundering. According to the police, all 14 suspects no each other and the crimes were committed by varying smaller groups made up of the various suspects. Most of the crimes were committed in Limburg and across the border in Germany and Belgium in 2016.

Jan 10 '17 08:35

No train traffic is possible to and from Roosendaal on Tuesday morning. A short circuit caused by an electrical fire in a substation means that there is no electricity on the overhead, according to ProRail.

Jan 5 '17 08:01

Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, spent several hours in Amsterdam two days later, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice confirmed in a letter to parliament on Wednesday. Amri was caught on surveillance cameras in the Dutch capital, the Dutch Public Prosecutor confirmed, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 4 '17 14:25

The Netherlands and Belgium are now working together to protect the Benelux air space. Luxembourg is also involved int he cooperation. Representatives of the three countries signed an agreement on this joint air space protection in December, NOS reports.

Jan 4 '17 08:48

The Dutch government is having discussions with Belgium, Germany and France about implementing a registry for people traveling on international buses, trains and boats, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice said to the Volkskrant. This follows terror Anis Amri suspect after he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th.

German police badge
Jan 3 '17 08:53

The German authorities arrested a Syrian man suspected of planning attacks in the Nehterlands, Geramany, France and Belgium, news wire AFP reports. The suspect texted terrorist group ISIS asking for 180 thousand euros to fund the attacks, German prosecutors said on Monday. 

The man was detained on Saturday and his apartment in Saarbucken was raided. He was formally arrested and charged on Sunday. 

Jihadist
Dec 2 '16 12:15

Terrorist organization Islamic State is planning more attacks in Europe and the Netherlands may be a target, according to a warning report Europol released on Friday. The European policing force thinks that ISIS will likely keep to attack tacticts currently used in Syria and Iraq - car bombs, kidnappings, extortion and suicide bombings, AD reports.

Nov 28 '16 15:55

On Monday the Neterlands and Belgium signed a border treaty in which a part of what was formerly Belgium now falls under the Neterlands and vice versa. The reason for the adjustment was the unclear situation in the area around the Maas between Eijsden Margraten in Limburg and Wezet in Belgium, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday.

Mark de Bonte, missing from Best from 5 Nov 2016
Nov 28 '16 09:41

The police officially identified thein Oirschot on November 24th. It is missing Belgian kickboxer Marc de Bonte. Detectives are still investigating how the 26-year-old man died and ended up in the canal, the police said on Sunday.

Police officers prepare to raid a sauna club in Roermond as part of a Satudarah money laundering investigation, 26 Nov 2016
Nov 28 '16 09:17

On Saturday the police searched several locations in Limburg in a large investigation into the laundering of dirty money from motorcycle gang Satudarah. One of these locations was a sauna club in Roermond. So far no arrests were made, the police said on Sunday.

Convicted pedophile Pieter C.
Nov 24 '16 13:30

Dutch pedophile Pieter C. was sentenced on appeal to 19 years in prison and 15 years of institutionalized psychiatric treatment by the court in Antwerp on Thursday. The sentence is the same as , the Telegraaf reports. 

HNLMS De Zeven Provincien
Nov 14 '16 13:59

A joint purchase by the Netherlands and Belgium will give the navies of those two countries access to twelve minesweepers and four frigates, according to Belgian media outlet De Redactie. An estimated four-billion euro purchase price will be split by the neighboring nations, presuming Dutch defense minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and her Belgian counterpart, Steven Vandeput, sign the deal later in November.

Jihadist
Nov 11 '16 16:45

A 26-year-old was to the Netherlands this week. The woman, identified as Ramona S. from Maastricht, was taken into custody in Belgrade.

Nov 10 '16 14:05

Idriss A., the 33-year-old Dutch man arrested in Brussels on Sunday night for involvement in a fight in which denies that he injured the victim, his lawyer said in the court in Brussels on Thursday, ANP reports.

"My client admits that he fought with the victims, but denies that he gouged his eyes out", the lawyer said, according to the news wire. "Who did it is unclear."

Nov 7 '16 13:10

A Dutch person was arrested in Brussels on Sunday on suspicion of stabbing another person's eyes out in the Belgian capital, ANP reports.

The incident happened during the early hours of Sunday morning. The Brussels police responded to reports of a man walking the streets with severe head injuries around 3:00 a.m. When the man was found, the officers discovered that his eyes were gouged out. The Belgian victim was rushed to the hospital in a serious condition. His eyes and a blade was found farther up the road. 

Iman El Alami Amaouch, alias Alami abu Hamza
Oct 31 '16 12:45

Controversial Moroccan-Dutch imam El Alami Amaouch will not be welcome in his "home" mosque As-Soennah in The Hague after he is deported from Belgium ,the Ttelegraaf reports based on sources from around the mosque.

Oct 17 '16 10:05

Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants to reopen the investigation into a bus accident in Sierre, Swizerland in 2012. A total of 22 children and six adults were killed when the bus crashed into the wall of a tunnel

Oct 6 '16 16:00

The police dismantled an international human trafficking network with raids in Amsterdam, Bulgaria, Belgium and Germany. Ten suspects were arrested, the Dutch police said on Thursday

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