The murder of Kerwin Duinmeijer will be commemorated on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon. Exactly 35 years ago, the 15-year-old Antillean boy was stabbed to death by skinheads in the city.
The number of adults held in custody by order of Dutch courts fell in 2015 by 3,450 to 39,790. It represents a decline of nearly eight percent on the 2014 prison population, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), a reversal after two straight years of slight increases.
Customs officers at Schiphol Airport arrested a total of 645 drug traffickers on flights from the Antilles, Suriname and Venezuela last year. That is a 20 percent decrease compared to 2014, a spokesperson for Customs said to broadcaster NOS.
Three KLM engineers working on Schiphol-Oost hangars 11 and 14 and four other suspects were sentenced for trying to smuggle cocaine from the Antilles, concealed in hidden compartments in airplanes, in 2013 and 2014. The suspects received prison sentences between of 1 and 2.5 years, with one case of 240 hours of community service and a conditionally suspended prison sentence
Arkefly will not be allowed to make flights between Eindhoven and Aruba and Curacao. The government wants flights with increased risk of drug smuggling to only go through airports with adequate control facilities. At this stage only Schiphol Airport has ample facilities for such flights.
The municipality of Eindhoven is concerned that airline Arke's plan to fly from the city to Aruba and Curacao will result in large amounts of drugs being trafficked through Eindhoven Airport. Arke wants to make two weekly flights from Eindhoven to the two islands from November.
Two men convicted of attacking two NS employees in Almelo in December will each serve several months in prison for the assault. A court in Overijssel entered sentences of 12 months in prison, with three months suspended, for a 30-year-old man from Rijssen, and four months in prison for the 20 year old and from Schiedam.
Two men accused of beating up two NS train workers appeared in court on Wednesday. The prosecutor demanded a sentence of 15 months in prison, five suspended, for the 30 year old suspect, and nine months imprisonment, four suspended for the 20 year old.
Holiday flyer Arke is starting to fly with one of its Dreamliners the route between Eindhoven and Antilles in November. It is the first time a regional airport is an intercontinental connection line in the Netherlands.
Police in Colombia have seized a shipment of 7 tons of cocaine bound for The Netherlands in the port of Cartagena. This is the second biggest bust of cocaine in the last 13 years, Colombian civil servants announced Wednesday.
The PvdA is losing voter interest among immigrants, many of whom are moving over to the D66 instead, a study shows.
An MP for anti-immigration party PVV has revived a plan to deport people from the Antilles and Aruba for criminal acts. The plan from MP Sietse Fritsma is virtually identical to the one proposed by former VVD integration minister Rita Verdonk in 2007.