The head of the national cases division of the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) is being put forward by top cop Erik Akerboom to become the Chief of Police in Rotterdam. If appointed by Royal Decree, Fred Westerbeke will take over on April 1.
News of the arrest of suspected organized crime boss Ridouan Taghi brought a sense of pride and relief to officials in the Netherlands tasked with tracking down the fugitive. Taghi, who turns 42 later this week, is suspected of ordering nine assassinations and has given Dutch authorities the runaround for years while still controlling a vast criminal organization, police alleged.
Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is looking for more money to push into the fight against organized crime, he said on Thursday morning, one day after defense attorney Derk Wiersum was assassinated outside of his Amsterdam Home. "If we really want to achieve success over organized crime, we have to take an extra step", Grapperhaus said, Het Parool reports. "More than we have done so far, also if it means extra resources."
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.
People with information about the downing of MH17 who are afraid to come forward, may be able to count on witness protection, Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said on Nieuwsuur on Wednesday. Should there be cause, witnesses could qualify for a new identity or lower sentences.
Russia wants a "complete and transparent" investigation into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, a spokesperson for president Vladimir Putin said to news agency Tass
The Joint Investigation Team is looking at around 100 suspects in the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said in a press conference on Wednesday
Malaysia airlines flight MH17 was shot down with a BUK missile of the 9M38 series fired from the ground. The missile launching system came from Russia and was afterwards returned to Russia, are the preliminary conclusions of the Joint Investigation team. The missile was fired from a field near Pervommajsk, which was in the hands of pro-Russian separatists
Flight MH17 was shot down by a BUK-missile brought to the Ukraine from Russia, prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said during a meeting in which the victims' relatives are being informed on the preliminary criminal investigation results, both NOS and RTL Nieuws reports. The relatives are the first to here the results, which will then be shared at a press conference.
The MH17 investigation team found the "exhaust" of a BUK missile at the site of the crash in eastern Ukraine, the Joint Investigation Team revealed on Monday in an online magazine on the investigation into the disaster.
A team of 80 police officers are assigned to the criminal investigation into the MH17 disaster. They are working from both the Netherlands and Ukraine, according to Wilbert Paulissen, head of the national detectives
The international judiciary team working on the MH17 criminal investigation is currently investigating remains of the missile that shot down the plane and expects to have evidence about the type of missile and where it was fired from "before the second half of the year", Chief Prosecutor, Fred Westerbeke wrote in a letter to the victims' relatives
The criminal investigation into the cause of the disaster with flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine is going well, according to chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke.
A digital catalog containing photographs of MH17 victims' personal belongings will be made available to the victims' families on Tuesday, the Public Prosecutor announced. Those who recognize something belonging to a family member will then be able to claim it.
The Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem (PvdA), revealed today during his address to the Senate that the investigation into the disappearance of MH17, conducted by JIT (Joined Investigation Team), has cost the government a total of thirty six million Euros to date.
The disaster with flight MH17 was most probably not caused by an accident or by a bomb on board the plane.