A 46-year-old Dutch man was arrested on the Indonesian island of Bali for the possession of 0.83 grams of hashish. Drug possession on the island carries a maximum prison sentence of 12 years, according to newspaper AD.
On Thursday the court in Amsterdam sentenced five men to up to 20 years in prison for attempting to assassinate Peter R. in Diemen in November 2015. Despite 34 shots being fired, R. managed to escape with his life, NU.nl reports.
Gunmen Qoi C. and Atif M. were both sentenced to 20 years in prison. Getaway driver Karim S. got 16 years. Genaro L. was sentenced to 12.5 years and Alejandro P. to 14 years in prison for following the victim and preparing the assassination. P. is still at large. The suspects also have to pay their victim almost 43 thousand euros in compensation.
Dutch prisons and psychiatric institutions where convicts undergo mandatory treatment are having trouble preventing drug use among their charges. Last year many thousands of drug tests came back positive and the use of cannabis and cocaine is increasing alarmingly, ANP reports based on urine test results the news wire requested from the Ministry of Security and Justice.
Former CDA alderman in Gorinchem Eeuwit K. could face prison time for allegations of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. On Wednesday the Public Prosecutor demanded 18 months in prison, of which 6 months could be conditionally suspended, against the 33-year-old man from Bleskensgraaf, NU.nl reports.
According to the Prosecutor, K. abused his position of power in his relationship with the teenager. The girl went to the same church as the married politician and also worked as a babysitter for his children.
The Dutch police decided to spread their 'cold case calendar' among all 30 thousand detainees in Dutch prisons. An experiment involving the calendar, which contains details about 52 cold cases - one for each week, being spread in five prisons proved to be successful, ANP reports.
A psychologist who works in the prison in Alphen aan de Rijn was nearly strangled to death by a prisoner over a week ago, the Telegraaf reports based on a source with in the penitentiary institution. People working in prisons across the Netherlands are facing an increasing amount of violence directed at them, according to figures ANP requested.
A former member of motorcycle gang No Surrender was sentenced to 18 years in prison for murdering fellow gang member Hugo van Houten two years ago. The court considered it proven that Sooi de C. shot and killed 27-year-old Van Houten at a campsite in Molenschot, Noord-Brabant, NOS reports.
An increasing number of Dutch prisons are taking part in an experiment in which certain prisoners are given more freedom of movement and responsibility. The idea is to prod prisoners into becoming more self-sufficient. But the prison guards are worried that the experiment is only giving the detainees more freedom to conduct their criminal business within the prison walls, they said to newspaper AD.
The court on Curacao sentenced pastor Orlando B. to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting three teenage girls and four young women. The court also banned him from working as pastor for 14 years, NOS reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 18 years in prison and a professional ban of 20 years against the man. He was charged with sexually assaulting a total of 10 women and girls. In three cases he was acquitted.
Former customs officer Gerrit G. is appealing against the 14 years in prison the Rotterdam court sentenced him to on Tuesday for drug trafficking at the port of Rotterdam, his lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers said, according to AD.
A 35-year-old man from Purmerend was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday for raping three young women in Amsterdam over a period of four days early last year. The Public Prosecutor demanded 12 years in prison for what she called "unusually humiliating rapes", Het Parool reports.
The court did not impose psychiatric treatment on Mustafa A. because experts could not determine whether he suffered from a mental illness or delayed development.
A 25-year-old woman was caught using a baby to smuggle drugs and two cellphones into the prison in Zaandam. The contraband was hidden in the baby's diaper, the police said on Sunday. She and a 28-year-old accomplice were arrested.
The court in Groningen sentenced Rhowan P. and Desiree G. from Kloosterburen to eight years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for killing Jesse van Wieren on New Year's last year. They were found guilty of manslaughter, AD reports.
A 27-year-old Amsterdam police officer caught having sex with a 17-year-old prostitute in 2014, appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday. The Public Prosecutor demanded 6 months in prison, three of which conditionally suspended, against him, AD reports.
André S., sentenced to four years in prison two weeks ago for raping a Den Bosch woman in 1995, committed suicide in his cell in the prison in Grave, his lawyer Jori Schadd said to Omroep Brabant. The 41-year-old man hung himself on Friday night. "The man leaves a family with wife and children", the lawyer said.
Biko M. was found guilty of murdering newspaper delivery woman Anita van Dijk in Rotterdam last year. The court sentenced him to 10 years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric care on Wednesday. The sentence is equal to the Public Prosecutor's demand, AD reports.
A 39-year-old Dutch-Moroccan was sentenced to five years in prison by a criminal court in Ireland for threatening to kill his housemates, calling ISIS attacks in France "excellent" and saying they filled him with "great joy", and telling the police that he would cut the heads off Jews if he only had a sword, local newspaper Independent reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 13 years in prison against suspects Frank S. and Souris R. for the murder of Alex Wiegmink over 14 years ago. The suspects were also charged with hiding Wiegmink's body, but that charge was dropped because its statute of limitations was reached, NOS reports.
The approach to fighting contraband in Dutch prisons is not effective enough, according to a report by the Inspectorate for Security and Justice. Prison staff don't have enough time and find it increasingly difficult to keep contraband like drugs and cellphones outside prison walls, the Inspectorate concludes, ANP reports.
The Inspectorate investigated seven prisons. The researchers concluded that prison staff are actively involved in counteracting contraband smuggling and there is no suggestion of a free trafficking market. But improvements are necessary.
The court in Amsterdam sentenced 10 people to up to thee years in prison, up to 240 hours of community services and fines totaling in 10 thousand euros for large-scale drug trafficking and other drug related charges. The gang is best known for using crocodiles to guard their loot, Het Parool reports.
Father Mario Haazen was sentenced to 10 months in prison for assaulting a 47-year-old former psychiatric patient after finding out he was trying to lure Haazen's 14-year-old daughter into a sexual relationship on social media. The court acquitted Haazen of attempted murder, AD reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 3 years in prison against two men accused of blackmailing 32 men with sex tapes. According to the Prosecutor, the suspects secretly recorded their victims, who believed they were having webcam-sex with a woman through a dating site, AD reports.
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.