Crime

Caloh Wagoh
Oct 4 '19 13:40

Wanted fugitive Ridouan Taghi ordered outlaw motorcycle gang Caloh Wagoh to commit murders on his behalf, the Public Prosecutor said on Friday in a proforma hearing against members of the biker gang.

With that statement, the Public Prosecutor linked two of the biggest murder cases currently ongoing in the Netherlands. 

Phishing
Oct 4 '19 11:50

So far this year almost 15 thousand Dutch have fallen victim to phishing scams, the Fraud Help Desk announced on Friday based on the reports it received. Over 1.1 million euros were stolen in these scams, compared to 862 thousand euros in damages throughout all of 2018, NU.nl reports.

Skyline of Cairo, Egypt
Oct 4 '19 11:00

A 43-year-old man from Amsterdam who was arrested for recording videos with a drone at his hotel in Cairo, has been released, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Pieter Bas Habes has been ordered to leave Egypt as quickly as possible, and the Dutch embassy will help him in this. He is doing well, though he needs some time to rest, the Ministry said, NOS reports.

"It is going well and we are very happy", Habes' lawyer said to NOS. The Amsterdam man is expected back in the Netherlands soon. Then more information about his release will be available, the lawyer said.

Deventer city hall
Oct 4 '19 09:24

A person was found dead in the city hall of Deventer on Friday morning. The police are currently investigating whether the person died in a crime or from natural causes.

The police were called to the scene at 8:08 a.m.

So far nothing is known about the identity of the victim. Whether they worked at the city hall, is not clear. Deventer's city hall is open to the public, so the victim may have been a visitor..

The police, including a forensic doctor and technical detectives, are at the scene to investigate, according to De Stentor

Domestic abuse
Oct 4 '19 08:40

Women's shelters in the Netherlands are crowded to such an extent that women who have to flee in a hurry from their violent partner can not always count on an emergency bed. In order to still offer safe shelter to domestic abuse victims, dozens of women are accommodated in hotels every year, NOS reports based on its own research. 

Police at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Oct 3 '19 15:58

Police in Amsterdam say they have a suspect in custody in connection with the murder of criminal defense attorney Derk Wiersum. The male suspect was apprehended on Tuesday evening at a home, authorities said in a statement.

Authorities released no details about the suspect's age, nationality, or his place of residence. Shortly after the incident, police said they were looking for a man between the ages of 16 and 20 years, wearing a hoodie, and dressed in black clothing.

Destroyed Ukrainian tank in the city Stepanivka
Oct 3 '19 13:30

At least eight Dutch people fought in the civil war in Ukraine, both on the Ukrainian side and on the pro-Russian side, according to a report by American research agency The Soufan Center on the rise of violent right-wing extremism worldwide, AD reports.

The report calls the Ukrainian civil war a "laboratory" for the international right-wing extremist movement. "For them, Ukraine is what Syria is for jihadists", the report states. "White supremacists are forming worldwide networks, just like the jihadists did before the September 11 attacks in America."

collegas-op-straat
Oct 3 '19 07:57

Two men were abducted by armed from from a home in Roosendal on Monday night, the police said on Wednesday. They were pushed into a stolen car, threatened and beaten. Four hours later the two wounded men were released in a forest in the Rotterdam district of Hoogvliet.

Erik Akerboom
Oct 3 '19 07:42

Drug crime has become so big in the Netherlands partly because of inconsistent policy regarding the police, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said in an interview with the Volkskrant.

"The up and down policy of successive cabinets means we cannot build a good position in the neighborhood. That you cannot build, stable long-term intelligence positions because you are always being asked to do something else", Akerboom said. As a result, the police lost sight of young criminals that start out as drug runners and grow into drug lords. 

Thierry Baudet
Oct 2 '19 17:30

The Public Prosecution Service (OM) decided to drop the case against an Utrecht lecturer accused of threatening FvD leader Thierry Baudet. After the populist party's major election victory in March, the lecturer made a post containing the text 'Volkert, where are you?" on Facebook. The FvD and Baudet pressed threat and incitement charges against him. But the Prosecutor concluded that the text is not enough to constitute a concrete threat.

Den Haag City Council as of Nov. 30, 2018
Oct 2 '19 16:45

A corruption scandal in the city council of Den Haag has led to the collapse of that city's governing body. On Tuesday, prosecutors revealed that the homes and offices of two aldermen from political faction "Groep de Mos/Hart voor Den Haag" (GDM) were raided by officials in a bribes-for-permits investigation.

Jail
Oct 2 '19 15:00

A Dutch woman decided to flee Turkey instead of awaiting her trial on a propaganda charge after she spent months in a Turkish cell with her baby. In a statement through her Dutch lawyer, the woman said that after her experiences in the country over the past months, she no longer has faith that she will get a free trial, NOS reports.

Silver BMW following a black Range Rover from Mertensstraat in shortly before firing an AK47 at it on Berlagestraat, Rotterdam, 10 Sept 2019
Oct 2 '19 12:20

The police released video footage of two attempts to assassinate two people in a Range Rover in Rotterdam on September 10th. The perpetrators fired an automatic weapon, an AK47, at their targets first on Berlagestraat and then as their targets fled into the Alexandrium Shopping Center. As the streets and shopping center were pretty crowded when the shooting happened at 9:30 a.m. that morning, it is a miracle that no one got hurt, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht.

agent-spreekt-automobilist-bij-verkeerscontrole
Oct 2 '19 11:30

Violating traffic laws and rules will be more expensive next year - almost all traffic- and speeding fines are increasing. The government is implementing an "inflation correction" increase of 2.7 percent, AutoRAI.nl reports based on the government document Measures for Traffic Safety.

The 2.7 percent increase is based on the change in the consumer price index between June 1st last year and June 1st this year, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in the document.

Crime scene
Oct 2 '19 09:47

Investigators linked six, possibly seven, more murders to Caloh Wagoh, on top of the three murders members of the outlaw motorcycle gang have already been charged with, sources around the investigation told newspaper De Telegraaf. 

The lawyer representing Caloh Wagoh leader Delano R. confirmed to the newspaper that his client was questioned about a series of new murders and attempted murders, but would not say anything else. The Public Prosecution Service refused to comment before the next proforma hearing in this case, scheduled for Friday.

Police officer attacked by a member of a wedding procession on Westzeedijk in Rotterdam, 30 August 2019
Oct 2 '19 09:05

The police released new video footage of a police officer being assaulted by members of a wedding procession in Rotterdam at the end of August. The video, shown on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday, shows a man attacking the officer from behind, knocking him out. The perpetrator of the assault managed to get away and is still at large. 

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Oct 2 '19 08:11

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants a further investigation into the role Ukraine played in the MH17 disaster, focused specifically on the country not closing the airspace above eastern Ukraine despite fighting in the area. A motion filed by CDA and SP to that extent received the support of all parties that attended a debate on the matter on Tuesday evening, NOS reports.

Richard de Mos
Oct 2 '19 07:45

The Hague aldermen Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui are stepping down temporarily due to the corruption investigation going on against them. They do so at the request of mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague. The two aldermen deny any form of corruption. 

Cash seized in a Colombian cocaine investigation
Oct 1 '19 22:25

Amsterdam police investigating an international cocaine ring found 12.8 million euros in cash. Police said the wrapped bundles of paper money was a "record amount", seized over two weeks ago during a search of five homes on September 12.

Seven people were arrested at four of the homes, including two Colombian women and a Colombian man, two Albanian men, a man from Morocco, and another from New Zealand. 

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Oct 1 '19 20:20

One person died in a shooting in Duivendrecht on Tuesday evening, and hours after the victim was found police had still not revealed if the man was killed as part of a crime.

Authorities first received a call about the victim just before 5:25 p.m. from the Buitensingel, an area bordered on the west by the A2, and to the east by the train tracks leading to the Duivendrecht train station.

Dutch police officer
Oct 1 '19 17:00

The Limburg police discovered a massive drug lab in Kerkrade on Monday evening. This is the second largest drug lab ever found in the Netherlands, a spokesperson for the Limburg police said to NU.nl.

The spokesperson called it an "illegal chemical plant" and said that local residents escaped a "disaster", due to a big risk of the lab exploding. The National Dismantling Support Facility is currently helping the police with mapping the laboratory. After that the complex will be dismantled.

Pauline Krikke
Oct 1 '19 16:15

Mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague is "very shocked" by the corruption investigation launched into two of her aldermen and a city councilor in The Hague, she said in a brief statement.

On Tuesday morning investigators of the Rijksrecherche searched the offices and homes of aldermen Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui, a number of civil servants, and three entrepreneurs. The aldermen are suspected of accepting bribes for granting permits, among other things. A city councilor of Groep De Mos is also suspected of corruption, the Public Prosecutor announced.

Skyline of Cairo, Egypt
Oct 1 '19 15:10

Pieter Bas Habes, a 43-year-old man from Amsterdam, disappeared after apparently being arrested in Egypt over a week ago. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is doing its "utmost" to find out where he is, the Volkskrant reports.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Oct 1 '19 14:20

The Netherlands is liable for the execution of one man and the torture of another in the former Dutch East Indies, the Court of Appeals in The Hague ruled on Tuesday in two lawsuits filed by children of the victims against the Dutch state. These crimes are not time-barred, the court ruled, AD reports.

The lawsuit was filed by the children of an executed man, and by tortured man Javaan Yaseman, who has since died, and his children. 

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