Willem Holleeder is likely to hear the testimony given by the three most important women in his life for the first time today. His two sisters Astrid and Sonja and Sandra, the widow of Sam Klepper who was murdered in 2000, secretly testified about Holleeder's criminal life two years ago.
Two suspected shooters in the Amsterdam Staatsliedenbuurt assassination case, Adil "Kinker" A. and Anouar "Popeye" B., stood before the court on Monday. Two motorcycle police officers under fire that night were terrified, they told the court, with a reconsruction of the night suggesting Russian-made armour piercing bullets were used, according to NOS. Bullets were found all over the neighborhood after offenders fled the scene.
President of outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender, Klaas Otto, barely survived an assassination attempt in Belgium last weekend, De Telegraaf reports with police confirmation. Otto had an appointment with a man already known to him, but upon entering the meeting, the man pulled out a gun and tried to shoot him in the head, the "General" of No Surrender states.
The father of the two children, Luca and Aysha, abducted by their mother and taken to the Caliphate in Syria, wrote an "open letter to the Netherlands" in which he discusses the role of religion in this personal drama. He writes that what ISIS is doing to Islam is "a rape of the true faith".
State Secretary Martin van Rijn (Health) is intensifying the rules for the use of e-cigarettes to prevent young people having easy access to it. New rules will include an age restriction of 18 years for purchasing an e-cigarette, including e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine. There will also be stricter requirements for the ingredients in e-cigarette liquid.
Compared to the rest of Europe, the Netherlands has one of the worst job markets for people who do not have two Dutch parents, the Volkskrant reports based on figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat.
The VVD's plan to abolish the European asylum policy and close the Netherlands' boarders to refugees, has caused some strife with coalition partner PvdA. The PvdA knows about the plan, but is not willing to cooperate in its implementation, NOS reports. PvdA Parliamentarian Attje Kuiken called the plan "unrealistic and unacceptable".
One person is dead and another person was severely burned when an apartment building exploded in Berg aan de Maas, Limburg. A man was threatening to blow up a home on Julianastraat earlier Friday afternoon by opening a natural gas valve and igniting it, sources told local news publisher 1Limburg.
King Willem-Alexander will formally swear in the new Minister and State Secretary of Security and Justice on Friday evening. The jobs will be filled by ruling VVD Members of Parliament Ard van der Steur, 45, and Klaas Dijkhoff, 34.
A 12 member team consisting of Defense employees, police employees and a member of the Dutch Safety Board is on their way to the Ukraine. The team's goal is to make preparations for the Dutch repatriation mission, which resumes in April.
Parliamentarian Klaas Dijkhoff (34) will be the new Secretary of State for Security and Justice, De Telegraaf reports.
Yesterday the police released photos of seven suspects involved in the Feyenoord riots in Rome last month. Four suspects have already turned themselves in since the photos were released.
Many of the necessary fire measures were lacking in the Nijmegen retirement home that caught fire on February 20th, the Gelderland-Zuid fire department and municipality announced in a press conference last night. Four of the retirement home's elderly residents have died from injuries obtained during the fire.
VVD MP Ard van der Steur will be named the next Minister of Justice and Security as early as Friday, the Telegraaf reported. He became a member of the Tweede Kamer lower house of Parliament in 2010.
All votes have been counted and the final results show that the VVD remains the largest party in the Netherlands with 15.8 percent of the Votes. The CDA came in close second with 14.7 percent. The party that suffered the most loss of support is the PvdA, which went from 17.3 percent in 2011 to only 10 percent. The D66 gained the most support - from 8.3 to 12.3 percent. The turnout for the election was 47 percent, compared to 56 percent four years ago.
So far, 136 complainants in the "fewer Moroccans" case against Geert Wilders have submitted a request for compensation. The number comes from internal figures from Slachtofferhulp Nederland, a Dutch victims support group, AD reports.
Most of the votes from the 2015 Provincial Elections have been counted. The following results, projected per province, are based on information from Dutch public broadcaster NOS and newswire ANP.
With more than 97 percent of the votes counted last night, it seems very likely that the Cabinet will need the help of another party in the Eerste Kamer (Senate). The projected results of the Provincial Elections 2015 stand as follows:
A drop-off of four seats in the Eerste Kamer for the VVD is a challenge to party leader Prime Minister Mark Rutter. He is optimistic that the current VVD-Labour government coalition will continue, he said Wednesday night.
As election day rolled on into Wednesday night, political leaders in the Netherlands came out of the woodwork to address their parties and give their reactions to early exit polling. The polls showed drops in support for the coalition parties VVD and PvdA, as well as a surprise slide for anti-Islam PVV, with significant gains for D66, and more modest gains for the SP and the conservative Christian alliance CU/SGP.
Ruling coalition party VVD is expected to lose four of its 16 senate seats, and coalition partner PvdA will likely lose six of its 14 seats, according to exit polling conducted by Ipsos and broadcast on NOS. The two parties hold a thin majority in the Tweede Kamer lower house of parliament, and would now need committed legislative partners to carry 33 seats in the Eerste Kamer upper house.
Photos taken in a secure area of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 surfaced today on Ukrainian website Censor.net.ua. The photos show parts of the aircraft not yet meant to be seen by the public or journalists, like the cockpit, the Dutch Safety Board confirmed to The Post Online.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb (PvdA) and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (PvdA) are the most popular politicians in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders (PVV) is the received the least love and ended up on the bottom of the list as the least popular politician in the Netherlands.
The police have released a new video as well as a new photo showing the man believed to be selling white heroin as cocaine to tourists in Amsterdam.