Four Dutch persons were arrested in the Netherlands and Croatia last week as part of a major international investigation into large-scale drug trafficking, led by the German police. The Dutch are suspected of delivering psychoactive substances, popularly called designer drugs, to thousands of German buyers, the Dutch police said in a statement. This involved at least 15 thousand shipments, according to the police.
The court in Alkmaar sentenced 26-year-old Lars de R. from Krommenie to four years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for sexually abusing 10 underage boys in Netherlands, India and Croatia, NOS reports.
De R. became famous when he reached the finals of talent show Holland's Got Talent at the age of 16 in 2009. The court found him guilty of having sex with ten boys multiple times over the course of eight years. The youngest victim was 4-years-old at the time.
Two Dutch were killed in accidents abroad on Friday. A Dutch woman died in the west of Canada after she fell into a river. And a Dutch man died in Croatia after falling from a wall, ANP reports.
The victim in Canada is a woman of around 60 years old. According to local media, her husband stated that she slipped while trying to grab an apple and disappeared under water. A search was launched for the woman, and her body was found in the river by rescue workers a few hours later. A Dutch-speaking police officer and the Dutch consulate provided assistance for the victim's husband.
The Dutch police took a website offline on which DDoS attacks could be purchased for a small amount. The site - Webstresser.org - was the largest provider of such cyber attacks worldwide, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.
So-called booter or stresser sites, like Webstresser.org, are often used to set up DDoS attacks.
Slobodan Praljak passed away after drinking poison during a hearing at the Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague on Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. A spokesperson for the Tribunal also confirmed that the former army leader and convicted war criminal died in a hospital in The Hague, NU.nl reports.
The authorities believe that 2009 Holland's Got Talent runner-up Lars de R. sexually abused children at a playground in Amsterdam-Oost. The police launched an investigation into an incident involving De R. and a child at Jeugdland, where the suspect regularly gave workshops between the summer of 2015 and the summer of 2017, the municipality of Amsterdam said in a statement on the playground's website.
A man and woman were arrested in Spain last week in connection with a large international investigation into child trafficking and exploitation. The investigation was launched in Amsterdam last year when the Dutch police noticed that kids were being used for pickpocketing, shoplifting and thefts in the city, the police announced on Wednesday.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague acquitted Serbrian Vojislav Seslj of crimes against humanity and war crimes on Thursday. Seslj was charged with, among other things, crimes his militias committed in Croatia and Bosnia between 1991 and 1993
A 27 year old woman from Ede was arrested in Croatia, at the request of the Dutch police, on June 21st in connection with a burglary in De Wijk in 2012. She was arrested based on a DNA match.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will attend and speak at the memorial for the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica in Potocari, Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday. This is the first time that a member of the Cabinet will actually give a speech at a Srebrenica memorial, though members of the Dutch government have attended these memorials before.
Four suspects were arrested as part of the investigation into the execution of Gintas Macionis (37) yesterday morning. A 26 year old man and a 32 year old woman were arrested in Amsterdam, a 32 year old man was arrested in Bosnia and a 39 year old man was arrested in Herzegovina.
The large batch including machine guns, grenades and rocket launchers recently confiscated in Croatia was probably on its way to a Dutch motorcycle gang, suspects Belgian media. The smuggler of the weapons was a former Dutch "shoe king" Jan van der L. who used to run over 40 Tango shops.
Brabant-oost police prevented a large batch of heavy weaponry from entering the Netherlands in a joint operation with Croatian police. Three were arrested including a 64-year-old Dutchman with six rocket launchers, heavy machine guns, Kalashnikov rifles, handguns, grenades and ammunition in his van.
British budget Airline, EasyJet, is expanding their routes to vacation destinations at a rapid rate. The airline announced on Wednesday that flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol to Ibiza, Spain, Corfu, Greece and Palermo, Italy will be available from June 2015.
British budget airline EasyJet will offer six new destinations for passengers traveling from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The airline will likely take passengers between Amsterdam and 25 different locations when they open up their new base at Schiphol next spring.
The Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam has, for the first time, been transformed into a suitable event space for tennis with the Davis Cup launching this weekend. Laying a gravel court in place of a star-studded stage has been the most difficult in this conversion process, Het Parool reports.
A Dutch tourist was brutally attacked at the Bijeli San bar in Porec, western Croatia, after an argument over a bill in a cafe, according to local media there. After a dispute between the man and the bartenders, the bar staff reportedly beat the tourist, leaving him with fractures and a concussion.
Over 8.1 million people across the Netherlands watched the Dutch national football team beat Chile 2-0 in the final Group B match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The television audience increased by more than 200,000 people compared to their last game, a thrilling victory over Australia.
With two goals late in the second half, the Netherlands dispatched World Cup Group B rivals Chile to win their group Monday evening. Oranje won all three games in the group stage, handily beating Spain 5-1 and beating Australia in a challenging 3-2 duel.
The portion of women in the European Parliament has risen in the last few decades. In 1979, when the European Parliament was first chosen directly, 16 percent of the elected Parliamentarians were women. In the current Parliament, that is 36 percent. Of the 26 Dutch members, 46 percent are women.
The internationally sought Milutin G., from Serbia, who is wanted for war crimes committed during the Balkan War in Croatia, has been apprehended in Roosendaal, where he appears to have been living for ten years.
The Dutch honorary consul Silvana Kondic knew the man who stabbed her, yesterday in her office in Split. He had threatened her before, said Kondic in an interview with the Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija.
Honorary consuls are often people who know the country well and offer voluntary assistance consular affairs. They work from their own office.
Netherlands and Croatia will coöperate on the fight against exploitation of workers by unscrupulous employers and through pretense. Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs has discussed this and made a deal on Monday with the Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia, Neven Mimica.