Junaid I. was sentenced to 10 years in prison for threatening an attack on PVV leader Geert Wilders by the court in The Hague on Monday. The court convicted the 27-year-old Pakistani man of preparing for a murder with a terrorist purpose. The sentence is higher than the six years the Public Prosecutor demanded.
All 11 members of radical nationalist group Pegida arrested during the national Sinterklaas arrival party in Apeldoorn on Saturday, have been released from custody, the police announced on Sunday. The Pegida demonstrators, dressed as blackface Zwarte Piet, were arrested for refusing to follow police orders. The other Sinterklaas arrival parties throughout the Netherlands happened largely without major incident.
“Downright disgusting”, is what Dutch football association KNVB called racist chants by FC Den Bosch fans directed at Excelsior player Ahmad Mendes Moreira on Sunday. “This does not belong on a football field”, Jan Bluyssen, KNVB’s competition affairs manager, said to NOS.
On Sunday referee Laurens Gerrets had to stop a match between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior for ten minutes, due to FC Den Bosch fans’ behavior. Songs about Zwarte Piet and monkey chanting were heard from the fanatic M-side every time Moreira had the ball, according to the broadcaster.
Multiple parties in Dutch parliament are calling on the government to intervene in mental healthcare in order to prevent serious crimes. This follows reports that triple-murder suspect Thijs H.'s parents unsuccessfully tried to have him admitted in the days before two people were stabbed to death while walking their dogs in Heerlen.
A woman found dead with a baby in a Diemen apartment last month, was 32-year-old Patricia de Oliveira Santos from Fortaleza in Brazil. She was seven months pregnant when she traveled to the Netherlands to spend time with her boyfriend, her sister Fabiana told Brazilian media. The family doesn't yet know whether the deceased baby found with Patricia was the child she was expected to deliver, and more details could be revealed in court on Monday.
Two people were arrested this week after police discovered some 1,780 kilograms of illegal fireworks kept in a home and a storage space. The arrests were made after Wednesday morning raids in Bleiswijk and Nootdorp, Zuid-Holland.
An anonymous tip led police to the dealer’s home in Bleiswijk, police said. They kept the suspect under surveillance, building up evidence of the illicit handling of explosives.
A 13-year-old girl who disappeared in The Hague on Wednesday, was found in good health, the police said on Twitter at around 1:00 p.m. on Friday. "We want to thank everyone for thinking and searching along", the police said.
Goiia's father is delighted and also wants to thank everyone who helped look for his daughter. "Thank you, thank you", he said to RTL Nieuws. "I was just called by a police officer, I am so happy, I am so relieved."
Victim Support Netherlands is launching a campaign to reach more victims of road accidents. Research by the organization showed that there are far more traffic victims than the number of people who come to them for help, and that not all road accident victims know that this is an option, NOS reports.
In 2017, the Dutch Association of Insurers recorded more than 740 thousand car insurance damage claims after a collision. Victim Support Netherlands comes into contact with around 30 thousand road accident victims per year.
The Public Prosecution Service demanded 20 years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment against Bekir E. for the murder of 16-year-old Humeyra. The teenage girl was shot dead at her school in Rotterdam West on December 18th. She reported to the police that E. was stalking her multiple times.
A man arrested at Eindhoven train station on Thursday night is a 24-year-old resident of Dordrecht. He is suspected of involvement in a shooting in his hometown, in which a 17-year-old boy was seriously injured on October 18th, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
A 26-year-old Australian man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing Dutch Gitta Scheenhouwer in a hit-and-run in Melbourne last year. He will be eligible for early release after serving 8.5 years. The man, Michael Panayides, is also banned from driving a car for 20 years, the court in Melbourne ruled, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch government is allocating 30 million euros for the purchase of electric shock weapons for the police. Equipping cops with tasers has been high on the police's wish list for some time, and they are now getting their way, RTL Nieuws reports.
Around 17 thousand police officers who may find themselves in a situation in which they have to defend themselves against violence will be equipped with a taser. Part of the 30 million euros will go towards purchasing these weapons, and part will go towards training police officers how to handle and use them.
The police are urgently looking for 13-year-old Goiia. The girl disappeared in The Hague on Wednesday, when cycling home from school. A missing child alert was issued by the police.
Goiia left the St. Maartenscollege in Voorburg at 2:10 p.m. on her bicycle with a friend. The two cycled together until they reached Laakkade in The Hague. There they said goodbye to each other and cycled in different directions. That was the last time Goiia was seen.
Police in Eindhoven on Thursday evening sent a team of heavily armed and masked officers into a packed and busy train as part of a search for suspect. Authorities were vague about the person of interest, saying only that it concerned an incident in Rotterdam, according to Omroep Brabant.
"We have just been able to arrest a person," police said just before 7:15 p.m. The arrest was made at the request of another division, the Oost Brabant division of the police noted.
A man found dying of a gunshot wound in a car on Buitensingel in Amsterdam-Duivendrecht on October 1st, had a toddler in the car with him, the police announced on Thursday. The toddler was the victim's child and was unharmed in the shooting that killed the father, 34-year-old Seif Ahmed.
Ahmed was found motionless in the car at around 5:15 p.m. on October 1st. First responders discovered he had a gunshot wound. They tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
The Public Prosecution service is going to prosecute 23 people for criminal offenses around the Facebook live stream of Sinterklaas' national arrival in Amstelveen last year. They suspects are accused of threats, incitement and discrimination and will soon receive their summons, NOS reports.
A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing Amsterdam rapper Gondilio Lowland, known as Bolle. The man was convicted of manslaughter, NOS reports.
The court did not convict the man of murder, because it could not be proven that he had a premeditated plan to kill Lowland. But there is enough evidence to prove that the man was the one to shoot the 19-year-old rapper. Evidence includes surveillance camera footage, tapped conversations, and witness statements.
The police tackled what they call a "criminal family network" in Oss, Noord-Brabant on Wednesday. Three men, believed to be the leaders of this criminal network, were arrested. During searches at a caravan camp and other places in Oss, the police found and confiscated automatic firearms, drugs and cash. Possible explosives were also found.
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) must do more against sexual abuse in its churches, according to a project group that evaluated the church's current policy on sexual abuse. The project group recommends that the PKN gets a declaration of good conduct from the thousands of volunteers and professionals in the church, to show that they had not committed criminal conduct in the past, Trouw reports.
The names of senior officials in the Russian government are mentioned in telephone conversations between pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine about the downing of flight MH17, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) revealed in a call for witnesses on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
A 48-year-old woman who was shot by police officers near a primary school in Alkmaar on Wednesday, succumbed to her injuries, the Public Prosecutor said on Thursday. She was shot after she refused to follow police orders, according to the police.
The police responded to Piemstraat on Wednesday morning after multiple reports of the woman committing vandalism on the street. Responding officers ordered her to stop, but she did not listen, a police spokesperson said to NH Nieuws. The officers shot at the woman when she came at them with a knife, according to the regional broadcaster.
In the past three years there were over 60 thousand traffic accidents at intersections in the Netherlands. A total of 476 of these accidents proved fatal, and people were injured in nearly 16 thousand accidents, reports RTL Nieuws. The broadcaster conducted its own analysis of police and Rijkswaterstaat data of over 250 thousand road accidents in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The number of reports of child pornography in the Netherlands increased by tenfold in the past five years. In 2014, the police received some 3 thousand reports, this year there were 30 thousand, according to a study by Bureau Beke, NU.nl reports.
The researchers attribute the massive increase to the fact that companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft are now required to report if they come across potentially child pornographic material.
A police judge sentenced a 31-year-old man to community service for child abuse because he shaved his 9-year-old daughter's head after she made a mistake while copying bible passages. The judge instructed the man to "think about his parenting methods" while working for the community, AD reports.