The Public Prosecutor (OM) in the Netherlands plans to move forward with a case against RTL Boulevard presenter Alberto Stegeman, who is accused of sneaking past security on a military site and leaving a fake bomb in its mess hall. Stegeman defended the action, for his show Undercover in Nederland, saying that the entire act was critical to demonstrating lax security at the Oldebroek barracks in the province of Gelderland.
Like in previous years, the number of crimes registered in the Netherlands decreased last year. In 2018, 6 percent fewer crimes were registered than in 2017, the Public Prosecutor said in its annual report on Thursday. The Dutch authorities also seized over 171 million euros in criminal assets. But while the total number of registered crimes decreased, the declining trend seemed to start reversing in the second half of the year, the Prosecutor said.
One of the suspects in an attack on media outlet Panorama in Amsterdam last year, partially confessed to his role in the attack. During the trial against the three suspects on Monday, 26-year-old Mike van den B. told the court that he was there when a rocket launcher was fired at the building on Teleportboulevard in Amsterdam-Sloterdijk, but that he didn't know that it was going to happen, AD reports.
The Public Prosecution Service wants to start prosecuting the father of kidnapped Amsterdam girl Inisiya Hemani within two months, the Prosecutor said on Monday during the continuation of the trial against five men and a woman suspected of involvement in the young girl's abduction, AD reports.
Thijs H., the man suspected of killing three people in dog walking areas in The Hague and Heerlen this week, sought help from the Maastricht psychiatric clinic Mondriaan after stabbing two people to death in Heerlen, the Telegraaf reports based on sources close to the investigation.
The Public Prosecution Service again inadvertently distributed a photo of a key witness in a major criminal case. This time it was a photo of Tony de G., the key witness in a major case against organized crime. He made incriminating statements against some of the leaders of outlaw motorcycle gang Caloh Wagoh, AD reports.
Thijs H., the man suspected of fatally stabbing three people while they were walking their dogs in The Hague and Heerlen, is or was being treated by the Mondriaan psychiatric institution in Maastricht, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor said on Thursday. The 27-year-old man from The Hague will be arraigned next week, the Prosecutor said.
The Dutch judiciary failed ot question Shehzad Hemani, the father of abducted Amsterdam toddler Insiya, as a witness in India, the Public Prosecutor said on Tuesday.
The Amsterdam triangle of municipality, police and Public Prosecutor call on Ajax supporters to not light fireworks or torches before, during and after the Champions League semi-final match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. The city will allow a so-called entrada, but only on Arenapark next to the stadium and only if no fireworks are lit.
A 34-year-old man from Vlissingen is suspected of brutally raping at least seven women after taking them on dates. The rapes happened over the past two years. The man made contact with his victims through dating sites and raped them after taking them on a few dates, the Public Prosecutor said during the first pro-forma hearing on this case in the court in Middelburg on Tuesday, the Telegraaf reports.
The Public Prosecutor believes it caught a "big fish" in the distributors of child pornography on the dark web with the arrest of a 26-year-old man from Gorinchem. The court in Rotterdam remanded the man into custody for three months on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
The man was arrested on January 18th. He has been in restricted custody since then, also denied internet access out of concern that he will warn his 'friends'. Child pornography was found on the man's computer, including material of very young children, the Public Prosecutor said.
The Amsterdam mayor, police and Public Prosecutor launched a task force to investigate the increased incidents of hand grenades and other explosives used to intimidate business owners. The task force's goal will be to find out whether the municipality can take measures to prevent such incidents, the city said in a press release.
New software will give the police access to Netherlands forensic institute NFI's database. The so-called 'DNA success meter' will help forensic investigators to immediately see which trace evidence they can send in for quick results, various employees of the organizations involved told De Telegraaf.
The DNA success meter was developed by the NFI, the police, the Public Prosecutor, and Hogeschool van Amsterdam. The goal is to ensure that the correct trace evidence is investigated and collected at a crime scene, so that the available capacity is optimally used.
Senior prosecutors Marc van Nimwegen and Marianne Bloos seriously violated the integrity rules of the Public Prosecution Service with their secret relationship and thereby damaged the entire organization, the Fokkens committee concluded after investigating the relationship. The Public Prosecution Service suspended Van Nimwegen on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.
Last week customs officers found crystal meth and ketamine at a transport company in De Lier. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of frozen chicken drumsticks, which were on their way to England, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement.
The discovery was made on April 17th. A 32-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering. He was arraigned earlier this week and remanded into custody for another two weeks.
The Supreme Court approved agreements the Public Prosecutor made with two key witnesses in the so-called Passage process - a large lawsuit revolving around a total of seven assassinations committed between 1993 and 2006, NU.nl reports.
A 16-year-old boy who went to his Roermond school heavily armed last year, tried to murder two people, according to the Public Prosecutor. The boy will therefore be charged with double attempted murder, De Limburger reports.
The Public Prosecution Service made a huge blunder. A photo of the most important key witness in the case against Ridouan Taghi, the most wanted criminal in the Netherlands, ended up in the criminal files of all suspects around Taghi, the Prosecutor confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports in the Telegraaf.
The police photo of Nabil B. ended up in the files of suspects who are on trail on Thursday for involvement in multiple underworld assassinations. The main suspect in the case is fugitive Ridouan Taghi.
The number of reports of discrimination filed in the Netherlands dropped from 11,479 in 2017 to 10,087 last year, the Public Prosecutor announced in its annual report on discrimination cases on Tuesday. As in previous years, most reports involved discrimination based on origin, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor's report includes figures from anti-discrimination facilities ADVs, the police, the online discrimination reporting center MiND and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. Only the Human Rights Institute saw an increase in reports last year, from 416 to 510.
Decorated soldier Marko Kroon will be prosecuted for assaulting a cop in Den Bosch during Carnival early in March. He will be prosecuted for "breach of honor, insult and simple assault", the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Friday. The Ministry of Defense announced that Kroon is suspended in anticipation of his trial.
Malek F. was suffering from psychosis when he stabbed three random victims in The Hague last year, and is therefore completely unaccountable, behavioral experts concluded after examining the man. He should be treated in a psychiatric institution, in a department for patients with psychotic disorders. The chance of recurrence is high, the experts said, was revealed in a proforma hearing against the man on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
On Monday the Public Prosecutor demanded 6 months in prison against two police officers who the Prosecutor believes payed a culpable role in the arrest of Mitch Henriquez, and his subsequent death. The Prosecutor also wants the two officers to be suspended from the police force for two years, NU.nl reports.
A man who was found dead in the Utrecht village of Wilnis on Wednesday, was acquitted in February of stalking a woman who was shot and killed in Mijdrecht on Tuesday night. The woman pressed charges against the 54-year-old man in September last year, accusing him of insulting and stalking her between May and September 2018, NOS reports.
A 24-year-old man from The Hague was arrested at Schiphol airport last week Wednesday. He is suspected of fighting in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Kurdish YPG militia, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement.