The trial against Jawed S., the man suspected of stabbing two American tourists at Amsterdam Central Station on August 31st last year, starts in the high security court in Amsterdam on Monday. The two victims will be present at the trial. The three police officers who stopped S.'s attack and arrested him will also speak in the trial, with their identities hidden for security reasons, RTL Nieuws and Nieuwsuur report.
The police arrested a 29-year-old man from The Hague and a 27-year-old woman from Amsterdam in connection with two hand grenade incidents in Rotterdam in March, the police said in a statement.
Amsterdam is the safest city in Europe and the 4th safest city in the world, according to the Safe Cities Index 2019 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The top three safest cities in the world are Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka.
Over the past years much effort went into luring tourists to Haarlem, but many Haarlem residents now find it the city too crowded. The municipality therefore want to slow down tourism, in an effort to prevent Haarlem becoming as crowded as Amsterdam, NH Nieuws reports.
A report stating that Amsterdam is losing the fight against organized crime led to alarmed and shocked reactions from politicians in The Hague. Parliamentarians call on the government to invest more into combating this issue, the Telegraaf reports.
The report stated that the authorities have little insight into drug economy and -crime, that the police have basically given up the fight against drugs, and that the judiciary is failing to tackle real crime structures.
The names of the ten municipalities that will participate in the Dutch government's experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation leaked on Wednesday evening. In addition to Breda, Tilburg and Almere, which were already known, the other municipalities are Groningen, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Zaanstad, Heerlen, and Hellevoetsluis, ANP reports.
Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs must reconsider her decision not to give a journalist access to tapped conversations around the murder of Theo van Gogh and the Hofstad group, the group to which Van Gogh's murderer Mohammed B. belonged, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday. According to the court, the Minister's explanation for why these conversations can not be released was not sufficiently substantiated.
Amsterdam is losing the fight against organized crime. The authorities know little about the drug economy and -crime, the police are no longer even trying to fight drugs, and the judiciary failed to tackle the real crime structures, De Telegraaf reports based on a study it has in its possession.
The police put an end to an illegal party on the Nieuwe Meer in Amsterdam on Sunday. The party was held over multiple boats and had at least 500 attendees, the police said in a statement. Two people were arrested, and a water scooter and sound equipment were seized.
Three people became unwell during the party. "Presumably due to the combination of alcohol and/or drug use and the high temperatures", the police said. They were taken to hospital for examination and treatment.
The number of incidents involving illegal hand grenades in the Netherlands is growing explosively, according to researchers Marieke Liem and Katharina Krüsselmann from Leiden University. More such incidents were registered in the past 18 months than in all of the previous ten years. Almost a third of the incidents happened in Amsterdam, RTL Nieuws reports.
A massive 450 thousand people enjoyed the hot weather this weekend by visiting Amsterdam's performance festival Uitmarkt. During the official kick-off to the Netherlands festival season, theater groups, musicians, dancers, comedians, writers and other exhibitions showcased what can be seen in the Netherlands this festival season, Het Parool reports.
This fall, young girls will have the opportunity to boost their confidence and gain new skills at Project Fearless, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering girls 9 - 14.
Founder Mérida Miller believes Amsterdam is the ideal place for such an initiative because of the city’s “diverse and international community.” Miller saw an opportunity to target younger girls when she noticed that many of the empowerment programs in Amsterdam focused on adult women.
This weekend will be sunny and hot in the Netherlands - perfect weather for spending the day at the beach, going to a festival or just generally spending time outdoors. With maximums in the high twenties and low thirties, no wind and little rain expected, this weekend will have perfect summer weather, according to Weeronine.
The number of homeless 18- to 65-year-olds in the Netherlands more than doubled from 17,800 in 2009 to 39,300 last year. The number of homeless people between the ages of 18 and 30 years tripled duirng this period, as has the number of homeless people with a non-Western migration background, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
A 31-year-old taxi driver from Amsterdam was sentenced to 3 years in prison, one of which conditionally suspended, for dealing in drugs and firearms on the dark web. The sentence issued by the court of Rotterdam was one year shorter than what the Public Prosecutor demanded, Het Parool reports.
The court considered it proven that the man sold at least nine firearms, hundreds of ecstasy pills, over an ounce of cannabis and nearly 20 grams of cocaine on the dark web.
The Amsterdam police took disciplinary measures against eight employees for being in possession of or using hard drugs in their free time, the police said in a statement.
All eight employees were suspended while the Security, Integrity and Complaints Department of the Amsterdam police investigates. The suspended police officers are suspected of a breach of duty. "No further announcements will be made during the investigation", the police said.
A police spokesperson could not tell NH Nieuws whether these eight cases are connected.
A 4-year-old boy was separated from his parents for several hours on Saturday, without anyone reporting him missing. He was found cycling by himself in Amsterdam. The police finally managed to track down the child's family when they took him for a ride and he recognized someone on the street, Het Parool reports.
Members of the Biking Queens motorcycle group from Surat, India were on a 25,000km expedition across 25 countries on a Ride for Pride mission when their bikes were stolen on their Amsterdam stop. On Saturday night, their two KTM Duke 390 bikes were stolen from the parking lot at Hotel Ibis, Amsterdam West.
The police arrested a suspect in connection with a hit-and-run involving a pram in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon. The suspect is the owner of the car that hit the pram and left the scene, though whether he was also the driver at the time of the accident is still being investigated, NU.nl reports.
The accident happened at the corner of Jan van Galenstraat and Jan Tooropstraat at around 2:50 p.m. on Monday. The driver of the car fled after the accident.
The Amsterdam police will investigate how information about the arrest of mayor Femke Halsema's 15-year-old son leaked to newspaper De Telegraaf. The investigation will be conducted by the Security, Integrity and Complaints Office of the Amsterdam police unit, AD reports.
The police and Public Prosecution Service released a joint statement denying that the arrest of Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's 15-year-old son was kept quiet or covered up. The boy has not been charged with burglary, but did have a fake weapon with him when he was arrested last month, lawyer Peter Plasman, who is representing the boy, said in an interview with newspaper AD.
Former Diemen alderman Jorrit Nuijens was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he was arrested at the Amsterdam city hall on June 20th, according to a blood test done by the police. Nuijens posted a photo of the police letter stating that no punishable substances were found in his blood on Twitter. A spokesperson for the police confirmed to NU.nl that the letter is authentic.
The Amsterdam triangle of mayor, police and judiciary shares the city council's concerns about the increasing firearm violence in the city and will soon announce additional measures, the triangle said. What exactly these measures will entail is not yet clear, NU.nl reports.
Ajax advanced to the Champions League playoffs with a 3-2 victory against PAOK Saloniki in Amsterdam on Tuesday. After a 2-2 draw between the Amsterdam and Greek teams in Thessaloniki last week, the one goal victory was just enough for Ajax to go through to the next round, NOS reports.
Dusan Tadic scored two goals from three penalties for the Amsterdam team. Nicolas Tagliafico scored the third. Diego Bisewar, the only Dutch player in Greek service, scored the visiting club's two goals.