Geert Wilders will attend at least one hearing in the hate-speech trial currently ongoing against him. On Twitter he announced that he will make use of his right to have the final word in what he calls the "trial against freedom of expression". The PVV leader will have his chance to speak on Wednesday, NOS reports.
Family members left the courtroom sobbing as a judge in Den Bosch acquitted a man -repeatedly accused of sexual offences- of manslaughter in the 1995 death of teen Nicole van den Hurk. The not-guilty verdict was read shortly after the court convicted him of rape in the attack on the victim. The crime remained an open cold case until a DNA match led to the arrest of Jos de G. in 2014.
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.
Dutch-Turkish sex trafficker Saban B. will serve seven years and nine months in a Turkish prison. A court in Istanbul ruled against B. in the appeal of this case and found him guilty of human trafficking and participation in a criminal organization, NU.nl reports.
Public Prosecutor Wouter Bos believes that the hate speech trial against Geert Wilders revolves around two fundemental values in Dutch society: freedom of expression and protection against discrimination, he said in court on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 100 hours of community service in the Amsterdam court on Tuesday against a police officer who shot then 28-year-old Marvin Gabier in the leg in Amsterdam Zuidoost in 2014, Het Parool reports.
Two suspects arrested after a fatal shooting in Amsterdam on Friday night, were released again on Monday, the Public Prosecutor announced. They are still considered suspects, but at this stage there is no evidence that they fired any shots, the Prosecutor said, according to Het Parool.
The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. on Friday in front of shisha cafe Atlas on Ten Katestraat. 18-year-old Naoufal Mohammadi was killed. Two other men, age 22 and 24 both from Amsterdam, were slightly injured. They were treated in hospital and were sent home on Saturday.
The Dutch Public Prosecutor asked the court in Utrecht to ban motorcycle gang Bandidos - both the Dutch and international chapters, prosecutor Oebele Brouwer said in the Telegraaf on Tuesday. Such a civil ban will enable the Judiciary to tackle the entire ban, instad of only individual members, according to him.
The daughter of murdered politician Els Borst was tormented by a stalker for several months early this year. She received bizarre and frightening letters at home, at work, through snail-mail and email. The man suspected of being behind these letters - a 54-year-old man from Roosendaal with a psychiatric disorder - appeared in court on Monday, AD reports.
Judge Elianne van Rens was rude and biased towards expert witness for the defense Paul Cliteur on Thursday in the hate speech trial against Geert Wilders, the PVV leaders' lawyer Gert-Jan Knoops said on Friday. She therefore has to be removed from the case, the lawyer defended his recusal request, the Volkskrant reports.
The 23-year-old man who hit two pedestrians with a car in Tilburg last week Thursday is being charged with manslaughter. His 20-year-old brother is no longer in custody, but is still a suspect, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to NU.nl.
Bert (62) and Henriette van der Veeken (59) were killed in the hit-and-run accident. They were hit by the car as they crossed Bredaseweg. Both died at the scene. The driver sped off.
The Public Prosecutor demanded a conditional prison sentence of one year against Sven Olaf K., a hacker suspected of carrying out a large-scale DDoS attack against Spamhaus in 2013, NU.nl reports.
In a DDoS attack a server is overwhelmed with random traffic until it crashed. The attack against Spamhaus was the biggest DDoS attack to that date. The attack did not only inconvenience Spamhaus, but also affected millions of intenrent users who had connection problems, because important infrastructure was targeted.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, the police and the Public Prosecutor in the city are concerned about the increasing cocaine trafficing through the port of Rotterdam and the consequences it will have on the city's residents, the Telegraaf reports.
"There is so much money involved in the smuggling of cocaine that the crime that goes along with it is huge", Public Prosecutor spokesperson Jeichien de Graaff said to the Telegraaf. "We see it here in the region but also in other cities."
Two year old Insiya Hemani, who was kidnapped from Amsterdam late in September, is doing well, lawyer Gerard Spong hinted at on television program Pauw on Monday, Het Parool reports.
Spong represents Insiya's father Shehzad Hemani, who is believed to be behind the girl's violent kidnapping on September 29th. The lawyer was recently in India to talk to his client.
A total of 6,474 people pressed charges against PVV leader Geert Wilders after he made statements about "fewer Moroccans" while campaigning in The Hague in 2014, was revealed in the high security court at Schiphol on Monday. This is the first day of the 12-day long hate-speech trial against the PVV leader.
The family of 20-year-old Pole Tomasz Kosmala wants a new investigation into the young man's death. He disappeared in Rotterdam on New Year's Eve' and his body was found in the water of Koningshaven in March. The Prosecutor ruled it an accidental drowning, but the famile feels there are still too many uncertainties about what happened to him, AD reports.
The criminal trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders starts in the high security court at Schiphol today. Wilders is facing various forms of hate speech charges over statements he made about Moroccans while campaigning in The Hague in 2014. The PVV leader already announced that he will not be attending the trial, calling it a "political process" that should be held in parliament not in court.
From today there will be no more mediation between offenders and victims in Dutch criminal cases - The Ministry of Security and Justice's money for this part of the legal system is done and running trials have been stopped, Trouw reports. No money is allocated for mediation in 2017.
Five men were sentenced to four years in prison for arson with a terrorist intent at a mosque in Enschede in February. They threw molotov cocktails at the mosque while there were about 30 people inside, including children.
A student who sustained a brain injury during hazing at the Groningen student association Vindicat decided to file charges against the association, the Public Prosecutor announced, RTL Nieuws reports.
The young man sustained a cerebral edema when another student stood on his head.
According to the Prosecutor, the investigation into the incident is still ongoing. A spokesperson could not yet say whether it will end up being a criminal case.
The Netherlands needs more police officers on the roads to tackle traffic violators, national traffic prosecutor Achilles Damen said to the Telegraaf. According to him, direct confrontation between violators and officers is the most effective way to reduce violations.
"Now with speeding for example, you get a ticket in the mail about two weeks later and you don't even remember that you were driving to fast", Damen said to the newspaper. "Instant confrontation works much better and prevents recurrence." More officers on the roads mean a bigger chance of being pulled over.
A police officer in Eindhoven is being prosecuted for hitting a pedestrian with his car, causing serious injury, in August. The Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal police investigations, looked into the incident and based on that investigation the Public Prosecutor decided to prosecute, NOS reports.
The incident happened on Sunday, August 7th. The officer was responding to a report, but could not move his car because a group of people was in the way. He drove in their direction at walking speed.
The Public Prosecutor rejected compensation claims submitted by 40 Morrocan people against PVV leader Geert Wilders. They demanded 500 euros each against Wilders because they feel victimized by statements Wilders made about having "fewer Moroccans" in The Hague and the Netherlands during an election campaign in 2014.
On Tuesday the Public Prosecutor demanded 2 years in prison, six months of which conditionally suspended, against a 37-year-old man who embezzled over 858 thousand euros from the Salvation Army. The man used the money to fund his gambling habit, according to the Prosecutor, NU.nl reports.