South Africa will not extradite Dutch businessman and convicted arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven to the Netherlands, the court in Cape Town ruled on Friday. The Dutch man was sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2017 for war crimes and selling arms in Liberia, AD reports.
Dutch development bank FMO funded a number of projects involved in serious abuses, Trouw reports based on its own research. The newspaper identified at least seven projects that FMO funded in which the companies involved were connected to murder, intimidation, environmental damage, arbitrary arrests and land grabbing.
A 4-year-old girl brought to the Netherlands in 2016 will not be deported to Liberia. Her lawyer told RTL Nieuws that the young girl was approved for a residence permit.
Now living in Waddinxveen, Dekontee "Deedee" Elisha Grigsby was originally born in England. Custody was given to her great-grandmother, a Dutch national, with her mother unable to provide care. After her birth, the girl was brought to Liberia, where the family has roots.
Dutch arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven was sentenced to 19 years in prison by the court in Den Bosch on Friday. He was found guilty of complicity in war crimes in Liberia and of illegal arms trafficking. The Public Prosecutor demanded 20 years, AD reports.
The court considered it proven that Kouwenhoven supported the regime of former Liberian President Charles Taylor by illegally delivering weapons to it in a civil war between 2001 and 2003. There was an arms embargo in place for Liberia at the time.
The Emmy award ceremony, for both American and international newscasters celebrating the best international news stories, took place on Monday night in New York. The Dutch broadcaster NOS, who was nominated for the airing of the National Day of Mourning after the downing of Maylasian Flight MH17, was competing with three other non-American contenders for the award. NOS received its nomination for the July 2014, hour-long broadcast on the arrival of the first victims of the plane crash in the Ukraine.
Dutch initiative Giro 555 collected a total of 10.5 million euros to aid in the fight against Ebola. The campaign is officially winding down now when the virus appears to have resurfaced in Guinea and Liberia, where the number of Ebola patients is reaching the year’s highest, writes Trouw.
Three stowaways managed to hide on the Karel Doorman, the largest ship of the Royal Marines. "I was speechless", says the commander of the ship. "This is Africa."
The Nigerian who had been treated for Ebola in the UMC Utrecht in recent weeks, has returned to Africa. He has been cured and can not infect others
The Netherlands will likely soon receive its first Ebola patient for treatment. De Telegraaf reports that medical specialists are ready to care for a Nigerian who has contracted the deadly virus.
The action week to raise money for Ebola concludes today with a National Action Day. Thus fa 4.5 million euro has been raised to fight the disaster.
The Karel Doorman is being loaded with medical supplies in the port of Den Helder today. The Marine vessel will be leaving for West Africa on Thursday to take supplies for the fight against Ebola.
A Liberian asylum seeker was on his way to Brussels, from where he would be deported back to Liberia, when he got the surprising news that he can remain in the Netherlands.
The man had repeatedly appealed against his deportation because of the Ebola epidemic prevailing in his country, but all his requests were denied.
A ruling by the court in Roermond prevented the deportation of the 31 year old man, his lawyer confirmed. Last week the court in Den Bosch ruled that he must be returned to Liberia despite the Ebola epidemic.
Heineken has sent their staff of a subsidiary in Sierra Leone home due to the Ebola epidemic.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced on Thursday that thirteen Dutch doctors and nurses are ready to travel to West Africa to fight Ebola.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is building an imitation Ebola clinic in an old factory building in Slotervaart. This will be used as a training center for new employees who will be sent to Ebola infected countries in West Africa
All Dutch hospitals received a letter from Minister Schippers calling for health care personnel to provide assistance in Ebola areas.
The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has asked The Netherlands for specialist medical aid to help the country against the spread of ebola. She made this public call on the television program KRO Brandpunt, the NOS reports.
In Liberia, Dutch Anneke de Kok-Quoi and her Liberian husband have started a campaign to prevent the spread of Ebola. Her message is one of sanitation, as she donates free buckets with lids for people to wash their hands with. This prevents infection. The Algemeen Dagblad reports.
The National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) has alerted GPs, specialists and Municipal Health Services (GGD's) to the threat of Ebola, and asks them to keep an eye on people with fevers, as this could warrant an Ebola check, the Algemeen Dagblad reports today.
Dutch nationals in West African countries where the ebola virus has broken out have been asked to register themselves at the embassy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called for this measure due to the speed with which the virus is spreading, the NOS reports.