Crime

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Feb 7 '20 06:25

An elderly man was found dead after a fire in his home in Voorschoten in Zuid-Holland during the early hours of Friday morning. Firefighters discovered the man's body when they managed to enter the burning home.

The victim was 96 or 97 years old, according to NOS. He lived alone, the police said. The man's house was considerably damaged in the blaze, but the houses around it were spared.

How the fire started is not yet clear. Firefighters quickly managed to get it under control. Surrounding residents did not need to be evacuated. 

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey
Feb 6 '20 16:50

A Dutch person was among the 180 people injured when a Pegasus Airlines plane crashed in Turkey on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. The Dutch man was the co-pilot on the plane. Three people were killed in the crash, NOS reports.

The accident happened at Sabiha Gökçen, the second airport in Istanbul. The Boeing 737 broke into pieces when it slid off the runway and fell into a ditch. The plane came from Izmir, in the southwest of Turkey. 

Tattoo Killers
Feb 6 '20 16:00

On Thursday the court acquitted four suspects of the murder of Onno Kuut in 2009. According to the court, there are many indications that the so-called "Tattoo killers" were involved in the 30-year-old man's murder, but not enough evidence to convict them, AD reports.

KLM Cargo Boeing 747
Feb 6 '20 14:20

Three Martinair pilots who were arrested in Argentina after a large amount of cocaine was found in their plane, have returned to the Netherlands. Last week the Argentinian judiciary announced that there was no reason to prosecute the pilots, but they had to stay in the country for several more days while all the formalities were settled, NOS reports.

Law Faculty at Maastricht University
Feb 6 '20 13:30

Hackers that infected Maastricht University's network with ransomware were in the network for over two months before they attacked, was revealed in the forensic investigation into the attack. "They first mapped out the network in order to be able to roll out the ransomware as well as possible," security expert Frank Groenenweg of Fox-IT, who was involved in the investigation, said to NOS.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Feb 6 '20 08:49

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security knew about a corruption investigation against The Hague aldermen Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui at least 10 months before their homes were raided in October last year, NOS and Omroep West report based on documents requested from the Public Prosecution Service through the Government Information Act. Former mayor Pauline Krikke was not aware of the investigation during that period.

Athlete
Feb 5 '20 16:50

Roelf B., a Dutch athlete in custody in Hungary for drug trafficking after he was caught selling drugs at a festival there, expressed regret for his actions. He said that he only sold the drugs because he wanted to help his childhood friend Gert-Jan N., a second Dutch man in custody for drug trafficking, the Volkskrant reports based on a statement B. gave to the Hungarian Public Prosecution Service.

Geert Wilders
Feb 5 '20 16:00

The Public Prosecutor and PVV leader Geert Wilders clashed hard in an appeal hearing on the hate speech trial against Wilders on Wednesday. Wilders said the advocates general on his case should be ashamed of how they damaged citizens' trust in the system. Advocate general Gerard Sta accused Wilders of an "undisguised attack" on the Public Prosecution Service (OM), NU.nl re ports.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Feb 5 '20 14:20

The current legislation that regulates the government's anti-fraud program System Risk Indication (SyRI) must be scrapped, the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday. The Work and Income Implementation Organization Act, which regulates the use of SyRI, is in violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is difficult to supervise and does not sufficiently respect citizens' privacy, the court ruled, NOS reports.

Stock photo teen on stone wall
Feb 5 '20 10:10

A walk-in center for male victims of sexual exploitation opened in Eindhoven. This is the first such location in the Netherlands that focuses specifically on men and boys. It opened in Eindhoven because a study in 2018 showed that around 70 men and boys worked in prostitution in the Eindhoven region. Almost 60 of them were minors and they often did not do the work voluntarily, NOS reports.

Jewish cemetery in Dordrecht
Feb 5 '20 08:22

Swastikas and offensive texts were painted on a number of gravestones in the Jewish cemetery in Dordrecht. The user of the cemetery, the Jewish Congregation of Rotterdam, was informed of the vandalism on Monday, RTV Rijnmond reports.

The vandalism happened only days after the international commemoration of the liberation of extermination camp Auschwitz.

Pregnant woman
Feb 5 '20 07:32

The Forced Adoption hotline received 500 reports since it opened in October, Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection confirmed to NOS. The hotline is part of two investigations into Dutch mothers who were pressured into giving their child up for adoption between 1956 and 1984. An estimated 15 thousand children were given up in this way, according to the broadcaster.

Police
Feb 4 '20 17:40

The police made a breakthrough in a murder in Zwanenburg dating from 1999. After over 20 years, the victim was identified as 55-year-old Sefer Yildirim, thanks to a DNA investigation, NOS reports.

The mans body was found in the water of the Ringvaart along the Zwanenburgerdijk on 27 April 1999. Despite the body being badly decomposed, the police determined that the man had been killed in a crime. The victim was tied up with a chain and had been in the water for several months.

Facebook
Feb 4 '20 16:50

The Dutch gaming and gambling authority Ksa is warning Netherlands residents against taking part in illegal lotteries or raffles organized on Facebook. The Ksa is increasingly receiving questions about these lotteries and warns that they may involve fraud.

Koninklijke Marechaussee officers
Feb 4 '20 16:00

Authorities in the Netherlands say they found a group of 19 Albanian people hidden inside a truck at the Hoek van Holland. The 17 men and two women were in a vehicle that was going to travel to England by ferry.

The 47-year-old Romanian driver of the truck, which had Romanian license plates, was taken into custody on Friday evening by the Marechaussee. The driver was being held on suspicion people smuggling.

All 19 of the people found in the truck were hidden in the truck’s trailer area. They range in age from 19 to 43.

Hague police officer
Feb 4 '20 15:10

The police arrested a 40-year-old man from Iran in Delft on Monday on suspicion of preparing an attack and participating a terrorist organization, the police said in a statement. The police started investigating the man in January based on information from intelligence service AIVD that he and others were preparing for one or more terrorist attacks in Iran. 

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Feb 4 '20 13:30

A portion of the Diemerplein, a popular square in Diemen, was cordoned off and evacuated after possibly explosive material was found there, police said. According to local media outlet AT5 it concerns the building where the restaurant Bammy’s Wok is located.

Several windows at the building were shattered, a police spokesperson confirmed to the Parool.

Police revealed the find shortly before 11:45 a.m. The “discovery of a suspected explosive” also led to a response from the EOD, the explosives disposal team from the Defense Ministry.

Gender-based violence - No means no
Feb 4 '20 11:00

Amsterdam is stepping up the fight against sexual harassment and -violence against women and girls. 51 percent of Amsterdam women have faced sexual harassment on the street. Among 15 to 34 year-olds, it's even 81 percent. With a campaign and several other measures, the Amsterdam mayor and aldermen want to make clear to victims that they are not alone, and to perpetrators that sexual harassment and gender-based violence are unacceptable, the city said in a press release on Tuesday.

Football
Feb 4 '20 10:10

The vast majority of professional football teams have not discussed what to do when spectators shout racist slurs from the stands, something that is a common occurrence in football in the Netherlands, according to a study by EenVandaag and players' union VVCS. They questioned 28 of the 38 captains in the Eredvisie and Eerste Divisie.

Smartphone updating
Feb 4 '20 08:17

More than half of people in the Netherlands postpone or simply forget to install important updates on their smart devices, according to a study by Panelwizard on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. Under the slogan 'Do your updates', the Ministry is launching a campaign to actively urge people to make sure their devices are updated and safe against cyber criminals, AD reports.

Bunk beds
Feb 3 '20 12:00

Over the past months 300 asylum seekers were placed on a blacklist for breaking the law or causing problems in other ways. This involves asylum seekers in Ter Apel, Cranendonck and Hardewijk, where asylum centers are located, as well as the provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland. The blacklist - a means to limit misconduct in and around asylum centers - will be expanded to the entire country in the coming months, the Telegraaf reports.

Arrest
Feb 3 '20 11:10

The police arrested two suspects in connection with a fatal shooting in Haarlem city center last month. A 29-year-old man from Beverwijk was killed in the shooting on Gedempte Voldersgracht on January 22nd.

The first suspect was arrested in the same week as the shooting. The 21-year-old man from Haarlem was arraigned last week and remanded into custody.

On Friday, the police arrested a 25-year-old from Haarlem in Amsterdam. He is in custody for questioning.

Fire department in Haaglanden
Feb 3 '20 09:25

Eight people were hospitalized with injuries sustained in a fire in an apartment building in Rotterdam Zuid on Sunday night. Among the injured are a baby and a woman who jumped from a second floor window when smoke prevented her from using the stairs, AD reports. 

Emergency workers checked a total of 25 people for injuries. Many of them suffered from smoke inhalation. Eight people were taken to hospital by ambulance, including the woman who jumped out of the window and the baby. The extent of their injuries is unclear.

detail-afzetlint
Feb 2 '20 08:00

Tjeerd H., a 39-year-old bitcoin trader who was robbed and tortured in his home in Drouwenerveen last year, was assaulted, water boarded, had holes drilled in his leg and foot, and hung from his neck, he said in a video Dagblad van het Noorden has in its possession.

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