Crime

Police officer attacked by a member of a wedding procession on Westzeedijk in Rotterdam, 30 August 2019
Feb 17 '20 15:50

A police officer who was assaulted by member of a wedding procession in Rotterdam in August last year, was left with more serious injuries than initially thought. Officer Gert Jan de Jonge's eye was damaged to such an extent that he will have to wear glasses for the rest of his life, his wife wrote in a blog on Rijnmond.nl.

Over 5,000 kg of cocaine seized in Costa Rica before shipment to Rotterdam, 15 February 2020
Feb 17 '20 15:00

The largest drug bust in Costa Rica’s history involved over five thousand kilograms of cocaine destined for The Netherlands. The drugs were found on Saturday, hidden amongst a shipment of canopy plants being sent to Rotterdam, according to the country’s Ministry of Public Security.

Pregnant woman at the doctor
Feb 17 '20 11:40

A healthcare company from Noord-Brabant was ordered to pay 10 thousand euros in damages to a temporary employee by the court in Eindhoven early this month. The court considered it proven that company OOK Begeleiding did not extend the woman's temporary contract because she was pregnant. The company explicitly stated this on paper, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dutch law prohibits companies from using pregnancy as a reason to not extend a temporary contract. Though as employers do not have to give a reason if a temporary contract is not renewed, this could still happen.

Call center operator
Feb 17 '20 10:50

Over the past two years banks ABN Amro, ING, Rabobank, and the Volksbank received nearly 5 thousand reports of help desk fraud amounting in almost 5.3 million euros in damages, NU.nl reported based on figures received from the Public Prosecution Service (OM). The banks' reports seem to contradict previous statements from the OM that help desk fraud is decreasing, the newspaper wrote. 

Swastikas drawn onto the windows of a police station on Houtwal in Zutphen, 9 June 2019
Feb 17 '20 08:35

The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported to the Netherlands' information and documentation center on Israel CIDI last year increased by a massive 35 percent compared to the year before. CIDI received 182 reports of discrimination against Jewish people - the highest number since the center started keeping track 30 years ago, NOS reports.

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Feb 17 '20 08:09

A 19-year-old woman from Neerkant died in hospital on Sunday night, succumbing to injuries sustained in a car accident in Heusden earlier that day. The authorities believe a gust of strong wind, due to storm Dennis, blew the car off the road, after which it struck a tree, police said.

"She was seriously wounded and taken to the hospital. She died there due to her injuries early in the evening," police said in a statement.

Spanish police
Feb 17 '20 07:46

The Spanish police arrested an alleged Dutch criminal organization for drug trafficking in Alicante. Four Dutch men between the ages of 44 and 56 were arrested for possessing more than 100 kilograms of cannabis, 550 cannabis plants, a firearm and large sums of money, RTL Nieuws reports based on reports in Spanish media. 

mh17-vrachtwagen
Feb 17 '20 07:28

All six prosecutors who formed part of the MH17 investigation in Ukraine have been transferred or dismissed, including the two who were part of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the plane crash, NRC reports. Ukraine is reorganizing its public prosecution office in the fight against corruption.

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
Feb 14 '20 19:20

A 35-year-old woman was found dead in a home in Eerbeek, Gelderland early Friday night. The following morning officers arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with the case.

“The detectives are investigating his relationship with the deceased woman, and his possible role in her death,” police said.

Dispatchers sent a trauma team by helicopter to the neighborhood along with paramedics in an ambulance. The teams were sent to the scene after 2:10 a.m.

Police at a home on Burgemeester Mazairaclaan in Rosmalen where a woman was found dead on 14 February 2019
Feb 14 '20 14:20

A criminal investigation was underway after the body of a dead woman was found in Rosmalen early Friday morning. Police did not reveal the identity of the woman, but said she likely resided at the home where she was found.

“A man who was in the home was apprehended,” police said. He was being held for further questioning. Local media reported that the woman was 83.

The body was discovered in a home on Burgemeester Mazairaclaan in the Noord-Brabant town. Several ambulances were dispatched to the scene just after 2:45 a.m.

Driving instructor
Feb 14 '20 13:30

Authorities arrested a driving instructor on Wednesday, accusing him of having sex with his 17-year-old student. Police said the 23-year-old gave the lessons in exchange for sexual acts with the girl.

He is suspected of placing advertisements on sexjobs.nl, a website claiming to be a “erotic marketplace.” Officers working with a specialized unit investigating the identities of undocumented migrants and human trafficking (AVIM) started researching the case after they saw the posting on the website.

KLM Boeing 747 lands in Amsterdam
Feb 14 '20 12:40

KLM issued an apology on Friday after a note posted on a toilet door on a flight from Amsterdam to Seoul caused an online uproar earlier this week. The note stated only in Korean that the toilet was only for cabin crew use. When a passenger asked about this, they were told that the note was hung as a precaution against the coronavirus 2019-nCoV, NU.nl reports.

The passenger snapped a picture of the note and posted it on social media, after which the hashtag #BoycottKLM was trending in Korea. 

Child with teddy bear
Feb 14 '20 11:50

Broadcaster NTR sparked massive controversy with the latest episode of NPO program Danny op Straat. In the episode, program maker Danny Ghosen spoke to a pro-pedophilia activist only identified as Nelson. He wants to set up a political party to make sex with children legal, AD reports.

Old flag (left) and new flag (right) in the Tweede Kamer, 29 May 2018
Feb 14 '20 11:00

Hajer Harzi, a board member of the Al Houda mosque in Geleen, received serious threats after she spoke to a parliamentary committee investigating the possible influence of extremist ideology from abroad on Dutch mosques. "You wouldn't wish that on anyone," Harzi said on talk show Op 1. She reported the threats to the police.

MH17
Feb 14 '20 08:55

A small majority of 55 percent of Russian citizens "agree" or "completely gree" that Russia should pay grief damages to the relatives of the people killed when MH17 was shot down should international investigation show that Russia was responsible for the disaster,Trouw reports based on a poll by Leiden University and Raam op Rusland among 1,600 Russians.

Data privacy
Feb 14 '20 08:27

The number of complaints about a possible privacy violation sent to the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) increased by a massive 79 percent to 27,800 last year. The majority of complaints involved a violation of the right to privacy - the right to inspect information about yourself, or have information removed from somewhere, AD reports.

Iranian Flag in Abshar Park, Tehran, Iran
Feb 14 '20 08:00

Three Dutch universities and a higher professional education were targeted by Iranian hackers, ordered by the Iranian government, over the past months, according to research by consultancy firm PwC. The cyber attackers were out to steal academic books and teaching materials, the researchers said, NOS reports.

"In this way the Iranian government wants to provide students in that country with knowledge," Gerwin Naber, head of digital research at PwC, said according to the broadcaster. "Due to sanctions, it is not always readily available."

Drunk unlicensed Dutch truck driver, fatal accident in Germany
Feb 13 '20 18:30

One person was killed in an accident on a German highway after he drove his truck into a cargo container filled with iron material that was left on the road. Three other cars then struck the truck, resulting in four other injuries.

The accident happened just past midnight on Thursday when the container dislodged from a truck being driven by a Dutch operator with no valid driver's license. The 42-year-old man, from Goor, Overijssel, was later found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.74 per mille. 

EOD at an ABN Amro mail sorting center on Bolstoen in Amsterdam, where a mail bomb exploded on 12 February 2020
Feb 13 '20 13:18

A mail bomb exploded at an ING facility in Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon. On person was checked over for smoke inhalation by paramedics at the scene, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

The incident happened on Bijlmerdreef. Firefighters, paramedics and police were first dispatched to the scene just after 12:15 p.m.

Mail bomb sent to an ABN Amro mail sorting center on Bolstoen in Amsterdam, 12 February 2020
Feb 13 '20 10:14

A company in Leusden received a suspicious letter on Thursday morning. The police and the Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department EOD are at the scene to investigate.

The letter was sent to financial services company Unisys on Storkstraat, according to NU.nl.

Sergey Dubinskiy
Feb 13 '20 07:24

Russia asked the Netherlands in a letter to hand over the prosecution of three Russian men suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security informed the Tweede Kamer. He told Moscow that this was out of the question, he said to the parliamentarians, NOS reports.

1,000 kilos of cocaine found at the port of Rotterdam in a banana shipment from Ecuador, 7 February 2020
Feb 12 '20 17:00

Customs officers found approximately 1 thousand kilograms of cocaine during a check at the port of Rotterdam on Friday, February 7th. The drugs were hidden in a container loaded with bananas from Ecuador, the Public Prosecution Service said on Wednesday.

The cargo arrived at the port of Rotterdam early last week on a ship from Costa Rica. The bananas were destined for a company in Portugal. The Dutch authorities does not believe the Portuguese company had anything to do with the drug trafficking.

The drugs were confiscated and destroyed.

Drug lab found on a cargo boat in Moerdijk, 10 May 2019
Feb 12 '20 16:15

Lawyers and the Public Prosecution Service (OM) clashed in a hearing against three Mexican men and 66-year-old Breda skipper Cor B. in a case surrounding an allegedly booby-trapped meth lab found on a boat in Moerdijk last year.

Police respond to a mail bomb in Amsterdam
Feb 12 '20 15:26

Two mail bombs which exploded in Amsterdam and Kerkrade earlier on Wednesday were part of an extortion plot where the sender demanded an undisclosed amount of bitcoin. The demand was made with the promise that, if paid, the sender would stop distributing the explosives, police said in a statement.

The amount involved was not revealed so the information could be used against any eventual suspect, police said.

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