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Police at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Sep 19 '19 08:00

The Public Prosecution Service will keep using key witnesses, even after the murder of criminal law attorney Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning. "We must continue to use the means of key witnesses, otherwise we will get no further in criminal cases. Continue in a motivated way", prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said to Nieuwsuur. He wants more options in the use of such suspects-turned-informants.

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Sep 19 '19 07:25

An explosive was found on De Markt in Veenendaal early on Thursday morning. The police closed down the area for investigation, the Utrecht police said on Twitter.

The suspicious item was spotted at around 4:00 a.m. Explosive experts were called in to examine it and determined that it was indeed an explosive.

The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department is currently working on safely removing the explosive from site.

The police are investigating. 

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Sep 18 '19 22:13

Shots rang out on the Langbroekdreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Wednesday night, striking one person. The victim later died of their injuries, police said.

Authorities confirmed that a vehicle was shot at by two suspects who were sitting on a scooter at the time. They then fled the scene on the two-wheeler. After the gunshots, the car crashed into the front of a nearby firehouse.

Police forensics at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Sep 18 '19 18:31

Authorities investigating the murder of criminal defense attorney Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam have joined forces with Dutch counter-terrorism agency NCTV in the hunt for the perpetrator. Police are still searching for the suspect they believe to be responsible for the crime.

Dutch police officer
Sep 18 '19 09:23

A man was shot and killed in Buitenveldert in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning. Het Parool and De Telegraaf identify the victim as Derk Wiersum, the lawyer that represented key witness Nabil B. A police officer confirmed this in an interview with AT5, adding that the 44-year-old lawyer lived on Imstenrade where the shooting happened. 

Police guard in a detention center
Sep 18 '19 07:55

The Amsterdam police arrested 303 supporters of French football club Lille OSC at the Strandvliet subway station in Amsterdam on Tuesday for disrupting public order. The large group of football fans lit fireworks, used violence and walked on the subway tracks. By Tuesday night, eight of them were still in custody, the police said on Twitter.

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Sep 18 '19 07:38

KLM ground crew personnel at Schiphol will strike for the third time in two weeks on Wednesday afternoon. The Dutch airline canceled 12 European return flights as a precaution and expects that the strike will result in delays. Travelers are advised to keep an eye on current travel information through KLM's site. 

The national budget for 2020 ready to be presented to parliament, 17 Sept 2019
Sep 17 '19 16:15

The ruling cabinet in the Netherlands outlined a plan for 2020 that includes an extra 350 million euros to respond to problems on the housing market, 300 million euros to tackle issues related to youth care, and 134 million euros on asylum procedures and migration. Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance presented the Rutte III government's budget for next year to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Tuesday.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arriving at the Ridderzaal in The Hague for the King's Budget Day speech, 17 September 2019
Sep 17 '19 14:08

The Dutch economy is strong and the outlook for next year remains positive, but risks are looming from abroad, Dutch King Willem-Alexander said in his Budget Day speech for 2019. 

"A strong economy is needed to further build on a strong Netherlands", King Willem-Alexander started his speech on Tuesday. The outlook for next year remains, positive, but the reality is that the growth will level out in the coming years. "Our economy is sensitive to international developments such as trade wars and the Brexit", the King warned.

Hard hat
Sep 17 '19 08:21

Any money left over in the government's budget should first be spent on raising the salaries of people in the public sector, addressing the housing shortage and getting more police officers on the street, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of NOS for Budget Day 2019. Only once all that is done, should budget surpluses be used to pay off State debt, the respondents said.

Sep 17 '19 07:50

The partner of Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema was formally questioned in connection with the ownership of a deactivated German revolver, according to newspapers Telegraaf and AD. Robert Oey was considered a crime suspect for the purpose of the interview, a spokesperson told the Telegraaf.

A spokesperson for the public prosecution service in Haarlem said the official interview was planned after Oey said the gun which led to the arrest of his and Halsema’s son was actually his.

Govert Sweep and Ties Granzier
Sep 17 '19 07:33

Dutch YouTubers Ties Granzier and Govert Sweep were sentenced to three days in jail and each fined 2,280 dollars for trespassing at American military base Area 51. They also have to stay away from Area 51 for a year, or they face one year in prison. Both pled guilty in the trial against them, a spokesperson for the local court of Beatty confirmed to NU.nl.

Sep 16 '19 08:27

Two boys, aged 6 and 9, were killed in a house fire in Strijbeek, Noord-Brabant, during the early hours of Sunday morning. Two adults were injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the police found no indication of a crime or negligence, a police spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws.

Netherlands police uniform
Sep 16 '19 07:56

Two boys and a girl were injured in a stabbing incident in Breda on Sunday night. One of the boys was injured to such an extent that he was rushed to a hospital in Rotterdam. The other two victims were taken to a hospital in Breda. The suspect fled the scene, but thanks to many tips, a 30-year-old man from Breda was later arrested, the police said in a statement on Monday morning.

Ambulance
Sep 16 '19 07:38

A car crashed into the audience at the autorcross in Leende in Noord-Brabant on Sunday. Two men, a woman and a boy were injured to such an extent that they were hospitalized. Three other people were checked over by paramedics at the scene. The police arrested the driver, a 21-year-old man from Reuver, and his passenger, a 17-year-old girl from Veughel.

Septic tank in Kenya
Sep 13 '19 18:39

The body of former Philips East Africa boss Tob Cohen was found in a septic tank next to the Kitisuru, Kenya villa where he resided, authorities in Kenya confirmed. Cohen had been missing for 60 days, amid a contentious divorce with his wife, Wairimu "Sarah" Kamotho.

She was arrested late last month in connection with his disappearance. A friend of her's was taken into custody this week and reportedly confessed early on Friday, leading to the body's discovery.

Johannes Bernardus “Harry” van E.
Sep 13 '19 15:00

A man convicted of child sex abuse escaped from the Pompekliniek psychiatric institution during a supervised bike ride on Thursday afternoon. A bulletin announcing his escape, combined with the work of a specialized police team, led to his capture on Friday, police confirmed.

Govert Sweep and Ties Granzier
Sep 13 '19 08:32

Govert Sweep and Ties Granzier, two Dutch YouTubers arrested for trespassing at Area 51 in the United States on Tuesday, were released on bail on Thursday morning. Their bail was set at 500 dollars. Sweep is happy to be free again, he said to Omroep Brabant. According to him, what they did "wasn't bad or wrong at all".

Money laundering
Sep 13 '19 08:10

Five Dutch banks want to team up and establish an organization to tackle money laundering together. The idea is that by viewing the banks' total 10 billion transactions per year together, it will be easier for the organization - which they plan to call Transactie Monitoring Nederland (TMNL) - to identify suspicious activities, the Dutch association of banks NVB said to RTL Nieuws.

Business meeting
Sep 12 '19 08:29

The D66 wants to introduce a temporary quota for women in top positions at listed companies. According to parliamentarian Vera Bergkamp, the current rules for getting more women in top jobs are insufficient and a quota is needed for equal opportunities on the labor market, NOS reports. 

Six years ago the largest companies in the Netherlands got the goal of having 30 percent women in leadership positions by 1 January 2020. The majority of the companies are not yet close to this goal. 

Govert Sweep and Ties Granzier
Sep 12 '19 07:59

Dutch YouTubers Ties Granzier and Govert Sweep were arrested at Area 51 in the American state of Nevada, the NYE County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook. They told the police that they saw and understood the no trespassing warnings, but wanted to look at the site. 

According to the local police, the duo had a drone, cameras and laptops on them. They recorded footage on the Area 51 site - a test location for the United States air force, where popular conspiracy theories say the American authorities experiment on aliens.

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Sep 12 '19 07:30

Firefighters found the body of a person in a Haarlem apartment after a fire in the flat on Wednesday night, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland confirmed on Twitter. The cause of the fire and the victim's identity are not yet known.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the apartment building on Rudolf Steinerstraat just before 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, according to AD. A spokesperson for the Haarlem fire department told the newspaper that there was an explosion before the fire. 

Netherlands money calculator
Sep 11 '19 16:14

Multinational companies which conduct business in the Netherlands will soon be forced to pay taxes on their profits, instead of creatively using an accounting loophole to avoid tax liabilities in the country. The ruling Dutch cabinet, led by third-term Prime Minister Mark Rutte, has reportedly agreed to back an initiative from the left wing opposition parties, according to broadcaster NOS and newspaper AD, both citing unnamed sources.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Sep 11 '19 13:46

The court in The Hague acquitted a nursing home doctor of patient's murder. The now-retired doctor was careful and followed the euthanasia protocol established in Dutch law when she performed euthanasia on a woman in the advanced stages of dementia, the court said in a statement.

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