Dutch food and product safety authority NVWA raided a very expensive Amsterdam fashion boutique this week and seized 105 items of clothing made of leather from endangered species - including shoes, coats, belts, skirts and other accessories made of crocodile, python and anaconda leather, the Volkskrant reports based on a court ruling.
The parents of Tristan van der Vlis is not responsible for their son killing five people and hurting 17 others in a shooting in Alphen aan den Rijn in 2011, the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday. According to the court, Van der Vlis' parents couldn't know beforehand that their son was planning the mass shooting, ANP reports.
Fertility clinic Geertgen in Elsendorp, Noord-Brabant bought frozen sperm from former fertility clinic Bijdorp Medical Center in Barendrecht in the past, Omroep Brabant reports.
A man from Vollenhove asked the court on Wednesday to stop his ex-wife sending him naked pictures of herself. The ex-wife denies sending the pictures, and claims it's the man that's harassing her and not the other way around, De Stentor reports.
A 28-year-old woman from Hoorn managed to track down a man suspected of violently assaulting and choking her by posing as another woman on a chat site. The suspect, Somali asylum seeker Mohammed M., is now in custody and will appear in court on Friday, the Telegraaf reports.
M. attacked the woman in October last year. The man sexually assaulted and tried to choke the Hoorn woman, according to the newspaper. He also stole her phone before fleeing.
On Thursday the court in Rotterdam sentenced 15-year-old twins and their 16-year-old friend to juvenile detention for gang raping, assaulting and robbing a 35-year-old woman in Schiedam in November last year, AD reports.
A gay couple from Twente had to give their baby up to her surrogate mother after it became clear that the woman's husband fathered the baby, and not one of the men in the gay couple, AD reports.
The woman became pregnant in September. According to the newspaper, she performed the insemination herself, with sperm from the gay couple. Part of the surrogate agreement was that the woman would have only safe sex with her own husband while pregnant. Baby Hayley was born on May 8th. The Twente couple was present at the birth and took the baby home with them two days later.
On Thursday the court in Amsterdam gave sentences of up to 80 hours of community service and fines up to 450 euros for incitement, threats, insult and discrimination against politician Sylvana Simons. The judge said that with the sentences the court wants to make clear that crossing the boundaries of freedom of expression has consequences, NU.nl report.
An asylum seeker living in the Netherlands was convicted of the rape and attempted murder of a 17-year-old girl 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.
Andre G. confessed to ordering the murder of his son-in-law Stijn Saelens in his Belgian castle in 2012 in the court in Bruges on Tuesday. Two Dutch men are suspected of actually committing the murder.
G. told the court that ordering the murder was the only way to save his grandchildren from Saelens, who he suspected was sexually abusing them, NOS reports. Saelens was about to emigrate to Australia with his wife and children. "The children were in danger", he told the court. "It was my ultimate solution."
Former CDA alderman in Gorinchem Eeuwit K. confessed in court that he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl. According to him, they had a short "equal relationship" in 2015, RTV Rijnmond reports.
Dutch judges are too quick to remand suspects into custody, according to a study by the College for Human Rights. They do not look at arguments to remand suspects to custody critically enough and the reasons for doing so are often insufficient, the College concluded, ANP reports.
The College for Human Rights is an independent watchdog for human rights in the Netherlands. For this study the College looked at over a hundred cases in six different courts. In four out of six cases, the reason for remanding a suspect into custody was insufficient.
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.
An Amsterdam firefighter appeared in court on Friday to fight his suspension for discirminatory behavior. This happened one day after Mayor Eberhard van der Laan discussed a damning report by new fire department commander Leen Schaap about the culture within the city's fire department with the General Affairs committee. Van der Laan promised improvement, AT5 reports.
A Dutch court denied Pastafarian Mienke de Wilde from Nijmegen permission to wear a colander on her head in the photo for her driver's license, AD reports.
De Wilde belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which was acknowledged as an official religion in the Netherlands a year ago. Part of the religion is that followers - Pastafarians - should wear colanders on their heads. As such, De Wilde wanted to do so on the photo on her driver's license.
A garbage man from Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht found 15 thousand euros while working two years ago. He now has to hand that money over to his employer HVC, the court of appeals ruled, RTV Rijnmond reports.
The man found the money while taking a printer apart two years ago. He paid a colleague 3 thousand euros not to tell about the discovery, according to the broadcaster.
Some time later the man told his boss what he had done, but refused to give up the money. The matter ended up in court.
Two men suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of 2-year-old Insiya Hemani from Amsterdam in September last year, are in court on Thursday. Their lawyers claim that 47-year-old Robert B. and 59-year-old Frederick S. were only trying to help a distraught father get his daughter back, according to reporter Victor Schildkamp tweeting live from the courtroom.
The Dutch government does not have much success in collecting penalties form organized crime convicts, according to research by scientist Edwin Kruisbergen. Of the criminally obtained assets the Public Prosecutor demanded back from convicts as part of their sentence, only about a fifth ended up in the treasury, Kruisbergen concluded in his research, for which he received his doctorate, AD reports.
A motorcycle police officer accused of of knocking over a scooter rider, seriously injuring him, was acquitted of attempted manslaughter. The Eindhoven cop was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm and sentenced to 100 hours of community service, Omroep Brabant reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 120 hours of community service, one day in prison and a 29 day suspended prison sentence. According to the Public Prosecutor, the 43-year-old cop took a massive risk when he pushed the suspect over while the scooter was in motion.
A top business investor lost control over the shares his company owns in Dutch football team ADO Den Haag in a key ruling issued Monday by the court at the Commercial Division of the Amsterdam courthouse. Chinese investor Hui Wang was suspended from his position as the head of the team’s Supervisory Board, the court determined today.
Four members of nationalist party NVU are appearing in court on Thursday. According to the Public Prosecutor, they insulted Jews while demonstrating in Amsterdam on March 12th of this year, Het Parool reports.
DJ Dave Roelvink was not present in court on Thrusday as a trial in which he is facing charges of jewelry theft and making a sex tape and posting it online started. According to his father Dries Roelvink, Dave is in Spain, the Telegraaf reports.
Roelvink's lawyer told the court that he is trying to avoid the media attention the case is getting. He will also not be in court on Friday.