The Public Prosecution service is going to prosecute 23 people for criminal offenses around the Facebook live stream of Sinterklaas' national arrival in Amstelveen last year. They suspects are accused of threats, incitement and discrimination and will soon receive their summons, NOS reports.
The Arnhem-Leeuwarden court of appeal on Thursday convicted 15 pro-Zwarte Piet protesters for their role in blocking the A7 highway to prevent two buses of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum in November 2017. The court did, however, lower their sentences to 90 hours of community service.
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) decided to drop the case against an Utrecht lecturer accused of threatening FvD leader Thierry Baudet. After the populist party's major election victory in March, the lecturer made a post containing the text 'Volkert, where are you?" on Facebook. The FvD and Baudet pressed threat and incitement charges against him. But the Prosecutor concluded that the text is not enough to constitute a concrete threat.
The Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, approved a legislative proposal by Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security to increase the maximum punishments for crimes that fall under organized crime. The new law, which will take effect on January 1st, also includes a harsher approach to revenge porn and a longer statute of limitation for child abuse.
The police in The Hague sent two buses carrying ice hockey supporters back to Nijmegen on Sunday due to concerns for public order and safety. Two supporters were arrested, one for incitement and the other for assaulting a police officer, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.
The police arrested a "Yellow Vests" activist in Maastricht on Thursday for incitement. The detainee is the same man who was arrested for disrupting public order during a Yellow Vests demonstration in Maastricht on Saturday, the police confirmed to NU.nl.
A spokesperson for the Yellow Vests told the newspaper the the police are trying to get the genie back in the bottle with this arrest. According to him, the arrested activist has always been peaceful.
The court in Leeuwarden sentenced pro-Zwarte Piet activists to community service between 80 and 240 hours for preventing two buses of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum in November last year, NU.nl reports.
A man from Schiedam was remanded to 30 days in custody on Tuesday. He was arrested earlier this month for threatening to commit a terrorist attack following the death of PVV city councilor in The Hague Willie Dille, ANP reports.
The Ulu mosque in Utrecht pressed charges against Henk van Deun, leader of the Utrecht faction of anti-Islam party PVV, on Monday afternoon. According to the mosque, Van Deun incited discrimination, hatred and violence by saying he'd prefer to see the mosque burn down on radio Bingo FM last week.
Mayor Marga Waanders of Dongeradeel, the police and Public Prosecutor decided to put a stop to a call on Facebook for Friesland residents to try and stop anti-Zwarte Piet activists reaching Dokkum, where Sinterklaas will make his national arrival on Saturday. In an open letter, the Mayor called on everyone coming to see Sinterklaas' arrival to respect each other's opinions.
A 22-year-old man from Zevenbergen arrested in August in connection with a terrorism threat in Rotterdam, must be released from custody, the court in Rotterdam ruled on Wednesday. Jimmy F. will be released on Monday, because further investigation must be done as to whether he's at risk, his lawyer Karianne Bal said to NU.nl.
F.'s release is linked to a number of conditions. If he does not hold to these conditions, he will be taken back into custody, according to the newspaper.
The charges against 22-year-old Jimmy F. from Zevenbergen, who is in custody in connection with a terrorist threat in Rotterdam, were scaled down to only incitement. The Public Prosecutor still suspects him of involvement in terrorism, but the magistrate found that there is too little evidence for this charge, NOS reports.
At the request of Austria, the Public Prosecutor in The Hague is launching an investigation into statements made by PVV leader Geert Wilders in Vienna in 2015, AD reports. During a speech Wilders called Islam "an ideology of war and hatred" and said that "Islam calls people to be terrorists".
In his speech Wilders also compared the Quran to Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf and called for it to be banned.
On Thursday the court in Amsterdam gave sentences of up to 80 hours of community service and fines up to 450 euros for incitement, threats, insult and discrimination against politician Sylvana Simons. The judge said that with the sentences the court wants to make clear that crossing the boundaries of freedom of expression has consequences, NU.nl report.
The Public Prosecutor abused its power by charging Geert Wilders with hate speech, according to the PVV leader's lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops in court on Friday. According to the lawyer, the Prosecutor charged Wilders because he doesn't like Wilders' beliefs, not because theya re punishable, Telegraaf reporter Saskia Belleman tweets live from within the court room.
At the request of Geert Wilders, lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops announced a recusal request against one of the judges in the hate speech trial against the PVV leader. In court on Thursday Knoops announced that they want judge Elianne van Rens removed from the case because Wilders believes her biased, the Volkskrant reports.
The police made the first arrest in the investigation into threats reported in the Turkish-Dutch community following an attempted coup in Turkey in July, the police announced in a statement. A 42-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of incitement, insult, threats and sedition.
Jewish activist group Tradition is Our Future (TOF) placed an ad in Dutch newspaper Trouw on Friday to protest against broadcaster VPRO inviting Belgian writer Dyab Abou Jahjah to appear on the television program Zomergaste
Former Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten gave Parliament incomplete and inaccurate information about an American undercover operation against a former Dutch soldier who sold drugs over the internet, the Volkskrant reports based on case files in its possession. According to the suspect's lawyer, the way in which the U.S. gathered evidence against his client, was illegal.
Austria expects to soon make a decision on whether or not PVV leader Geert Wilders will be prosecuted for hate speech because of statements he made in a speech in Hofburg on March 27th last year
The arrest of young rapper Lil'Kleine in Hilversum on Saturday night nearly caused a riot when dozens of young girls stormed the police station.
A Muslim organization has laid criminal charges against Geert Wilders with the Austrian justice. This follows the PVV leader's recent visit with his sympathizers of the FPO in Vienna during which he gave an anti-Islam speech at Hofburg, De Telegraaf reports.