A former civil servant who was going to testify in the hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders, decided to not testify after all, according to Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops. The man is afraid that he will be prosecuted by the Public Prosecution Service, the lawyer said to AD.
Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs admitted that he lied about meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2006. While speaking at a VVD conference in 2016, Zijlstra said that he heard Putin speaking about 'Great Russia' in 2006. Now he says that he wasn't there himself, but an anonymous source. He wanted to protect the identity of his source by saying he was there himself, he told the Volkskrant.
The striker of football team EMK Nuenen, Ruud Bijsterveld, was probably not riding the beer bike when it was hit by a train on April 20th, contrary to earlier reports, according to AD. Bijsterveld was killed in the crash, possibly when shrapnel from the accident struck him in the back of the head, the newspaper reported.
The referees and assistant referees of the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) have made shocking characterizations while outlining the relationship with their employer. The depiction includes threats, phone harassment, unsubstantiated adjustments, referee criticism and abuse of power, according to newspaper De Telegraaf.
Ajax fans have been threatening the management and the staff members of the football club for years, according to independent research from the Volkskrant. The paper reveals that 16 people who are or were tied to Ajax spoke of a culture of intimidation created by fans of the F-side, which is the old hard core, and VAK 410, the new hard core. Most threats are not reported to the police.