Iran is almost certainly behind the assassination of two persons of Iranian descent in the Netherlands, Ministers Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs and Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs wrote in a letter to parliament on Tuesday.
Relatives of those who died when flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 can receive free legal assistance if they want to join the criminal proceedings as an aggrieved party, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in a letter to parliament on Monday, ANP reports.
The Public Prosecutor is investigating a controversial sale of NS land to a real estate entrepreneur in 2014. Two people involved are suspected of non-official bribery around the deal, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor said to newspaper AD. The investigation is not focused on NS or ProRail, according to the newspaper.
The police arrested a man for positing a video online on Monday evening in which the Mondial College in Nijmegen is threatened with a firearm. The video shows an automatic firearm being loaded by someone, accompanied by the text: "Do not go to Mondial College tomorrow", NU.nl reports.
The police investigated the video and concluded "that there was no actual threat", according to the newspaper. The video has since been taken offline.
A man set himself on fire at the Turkish consulate on Westblaak in Rotterdam at around 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning.
A police spokesperson told NU.nl that the man was trying to take his own life. For this reason, no details about his identity will be released.
The man was taken to hospital by trauma helicopter. He was conscious and able to speak to the emergency services, the spokesperson said.
The consulate was not available to comment to NU.nl on Monday morning
Athletics coach Jerry M. from Rotterdam is suspected of sexually abusing young athletes at multiple clubs since 1983, even getting two underage girl pregnant, the Telegraaf reports. Almost all of M.'s crimes have since become barred, but according to the newspaper, the police were aware of signs that the now 58-year-old man were abusing young athletes since at least 2000.
The police are investigating a possible threat against Heilige Sava, a Serbian Orthodox Church in Nijmegen. Church services for Sunday and Monday were canceled as a precaution while the police investigate, NU.nl reports.
Dobbelmannweg, where the church is located, was closed by the police for several hours on Sunday.
Heilige Sava had Christmas celebrations scheduled for Sunday evening and Monday morning. The church's website states that these services were canceled for security reasons.
A 41-year-old man was arrested in Ridderkerk on Saturday after his 1-year-old child fell from a first floor apartment on Fresiastraat. The police are investigating exactly what happened.
At around 6:20 p.m. on Saturday the police received a report that a toddler had fallen from the first floor of the apartment building. According to the police, the report indicated that the boy may have been thrown from the apartment. "Presumably a quarrel in the home of father and child preceded the incident", the police said in a statement.
Heavily-armed police in the Netherlands stormed onto a stopped passenger train to capture two men sitting in the train car. It was one of three separate incidents in two hours taking place at or near the Zwolle train station, which led to the arrests of five people in total.
A 25-year-old man suspected of involvement in the murder of 16-year-old Humeyra Oz at her Rotterdam school has to go back into custody, the court in Rotterdam ruled. But the man has disappeared without a trace. "We are looking for him", a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service said to NU.nl on Friday.
Dutch consumers' association Consumentenbond took down over 2,700 fake online stores by getting in touch with their hosting providers late last year. This brings the total of fake online stores shut down to over 4,500 in 2018, the organization announced, RTL Nieuws reports.
The association calls the fake online stores a plague for Dutch consumers. Consumentenbond tracked them down through, among other things, language errors, strange web addresses and tips from observant users.
A 34-year-old man from Utrecht died early on Friday morning after he got stuck between the fence and the roof of a bicycle shed. What the man was doing there is not yet clear. But the police concluded that his death was an accident, RTL Nieuws reports.
At around 3:00 a.m. a resident of an apartment building on Willem Schuylenburglaan heard someone shouting for help, but could not figure out where it came from. The police were called and officers found the victim in the bike shed.
The prison library in Vught, which also serves the prison's terrorist department, contains several radical Islam books that glorify the armed jihad, suicide bombings and the humiliation of Jews and Christians, the Telegraaf reports based on a book list in its possession.
The book list was given to the newspaper by a prisoner. The fact that the books are available in the Vught prison is striking, as the deradicalization of detainees in the terrorist department is a spearhead for the prison.
Ewold Horn, a bird spotter from Groningen who was abducted by terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines in 2012, is still alive and in good condition, according to a recently freed captive. The 28-year-old man, Jelster Ed Quimbo, was released by Abu Sayyaf on Sunday, Philippine news site Philstar reports.
Multiple homes on Slotermeerlaan in Amsterdam were evacuated on Friday morning after an ATM bombing. Perpetrators blew open a GWK ATM at around 5:00 a.m. Whether they got away with any cash is not yet clear, AT5 reports.
The bombing caused a large amount of damage. Windows of nearby buildings were shattered, and fragments of the ATM were found on the other side of the street.
Witnesses told AT5 that the bombing was committed by two men, who fled on a scooter. The police are investigating. The Ministry of Defense's explosives experts are also at the scene.
The municipality of The Hague is calling on the public to send in photos or video footage of the New Year's bonfire on Scheveningen beach and the clouds of sparks and ash it caused. The footage will be used in the investigation into the rain of sparks that caused multiple fires in Scheveningen over New Year's, NOS reports.
Police in Suriname accused a 53-year-old Dutch man of strangling his wife, Gaitrie Jagroep, during their holiday in the country. The man, Mohamed K., claimed his 43-year-old wife tried attacking him with a knife Thursday morning, and he grabbed her throat in self defense.
"With one hand, Mohamed held Gaitrie's hand with the sharp object, and with his other hand he pressed against her throat," a police statement said.
Police have released six of the seven suspects taken into custody after the shooting death of rapper Faisal Mssyeh. Better known as Feis Ecktuh, or just "Feis", the 32-year-old was gunned down in Rotterdam early in the morning on New Year's Day.
His 31-year-old brother received a life-threatening injury during the shooting. Both victims were taken to an area hospital shortly after the incident.
Police arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with a Nov. 12 shooting in Amsterdam that wounded a 45-year-old man. A second person is still at large, but a description of that person was not released.
Authorities in the Netherlands managed to confiscate 56,525 kilograms of illegal fireworks over the course of 2018, the Public Prosecutor revealed. The total far surpasses the amount seized in 2017 of 40,382.60 kilograms.
It represents a 40 percent increase. Several confiscations in the last week of the year pushed that number up by nearly 5,900 kilos.
The last week of the year represented the third-highest seizure of fireworks by Dutch authorities. Some 12,712 kilos were seized from November 12-18, and a little over 7,920 kg were taken between December 3-9.
A man on probation was apparently prepared for the possibility of returning to the penitentiary when police had a run-in with him in Rotterdam. Police there say that when the man was brought to the station he presented a Monopoly "Get Out of Jail Free" card, asking if he could use the Chance Card just that one time.
It started Tuesday night when police received a report of a man making threats with weapons, and possibly carrying a firearm. Responding officers quickly determined that was not the case, and determined it was an argument between the man and his ex.
In a short New Year's address, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema praised the hopeful feeling around the city's future. She said the city wants more people to be able to access Amsterdam's growing prosperity through policy that addresses poverty, disenfranchisement, and crime.
Official figures released by police in the Netherlands showed that officers were assaulted 59 times during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day earlier this week. That number is more than double the 27 incidents reported a year ago.
"Apparently, a group thinks it's normal to misbehave, and lob fireworks at police officers and aid workers," Deputy Police Chief Henk van Essen said in a statement. "I find it incomprehensible that people assail those who take care of safety during, what should be, the biggest party of the year."
New Year's celebrations took a bizarre turn in Rotterdam late afternoon Tuesday when a bullet pierced the ceiling of a woman's apartment, striking her in the arm. Police arrested the woman's upstairs neighbors, accusing them of firing a gun into their floor.
The incident was called in to police just after 6 p.m. First responders at the Rotterdam-Zuid scene treated the woman, then raided the upstairs apartment.
A 55-year-old woman was arrested along with a man, 45. Police found a firearm and an electroshock weapon.