The Dutch authorities made multiple mistakes while investigating the fireworks disaster at SE Fireworks in Enschede on May 13th, 2000, according to the results of a four year long investigation by former MEP Paul van Buitenen. The Public Prosecutor deliberately misled the judiciary to make sure that the criminal investigation had only one conclusion - that the government was not to blame, Van Buitenen concluded, NOS reports.
Criminal organizations have approached 15 percent of Dutch farmers to offer them money in exchange for free-standing sheds or stalls so that a drug lab can be built there, Trouw reports based on a poll conducted by Geleen Consultancy.
The number of farmers approached by criminals in this way may well be higher, as some may be afraid to admit this. The police believe the number may be as high as 3 out of 5 farmers, according to the newspaper.
The Public Prosecutor demanded two years of juvenile detention and juvenile institutionalized psychiatric treatment against the 17-year-old boy suspected of murdering 14-year-old Savannah Dekker from Bunschoten. That is the maximum sentence that can be imposed on the suspect, who was 16 years old when Savannah was killed, under juvenile criminal law, NOS reports.
The 34-year-old man suspected of a fatal hit-and-run in Landgraaf on Monday, had no terrorist motives, the Public Prosecutor said on Tuesday based on the investigation so far, ANP reports.
On Monday the police arrested three Dutch men on suspicion of participating in a terrorist organization. Traces of their DNA were found on firearms linked to terrorist organization Islamic State. The weapons were found in a suburb of Paris two days after terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday, NU.nlr eports.
On Monday the court in The Hague banned motorcycle club Satudarah throughout the Netherlands. According to the court, the continued existence of Satudarah constitutes a threat to public order and the immediate disbandment of the motorcycle club is therefore necessary, NU.nl reports.
A 34-year-old man from Heerlen turned himself in to the police in Amsterdam in connection with a fatal crash that left one man dead and three persons critically injured near the Pinkpop festival in Landgraaf on Monday morning, the authorities announced in a press conference at noon. Whether this was an accident or a deliberate attack, is still under investigation.
The Public Prosecutor is investigating who leaked information from the confidential committee responsible for nominating a new mayor for Amsterdam. This follows the Telegraaf writing about procedures the committee follows in finding a mayor for the Dutch capital, NOS reports.
Information about the appointment procedures for a new mayor is supposed to be strictly confidential. A person who leaks information from the confidential committee could face a hefty fine or community service, according to the broadcaster.
Michel M. from Winschoten was sentenced to eight years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for various sex crimes against his 13-year-old niece. The court in Groningen convicted the 45-year-old man of sexually abusing, exploiting and making child pornography of the girl, NU.nl reports.
Family members of key witness Nabil B. went abroad with the help of the Dutch judiciary to go into hiding. They can not return to the Netherlands because there is insufficient capacity to protect them, the Telegraaf reports based on information from sources around assassinations investigation Marengo.
The Marengo investigation involves several murders among a new, relatively young generation of criminals. A number of gunmen have already been caught and tried, but the order givers are still at large. Nabil B. plays an important role in this investigation.
The mother standing trial for the murder or manslaughter of her 8-year-old daughter Sharleyne in Hoogeveen in 2015, claims she can't remember anything after she saw her daughter's body lying outside their apartment building over the balustrade of their 10th floor home. "From then on it's black", she said in court on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
The court wanted Helene J. to explain exactly what happened on the night of June 7th and early morning of June 8th, when the girl died. But J. said she can't remember anything due to the panic after seeing her daughter's body.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 28 years in prison and forced institutionalized psychiatric treatment against Michael P. for raping and killing 25-year-old Anne Faber. "It is unacceptable what agony she must have endured", the Prosecutor said in court on Tuesday, NOS reports. "The fear she must have felt defies all imagination."
A 20-year-old man from Glimmen, Groningen, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his 23-year-old girlfriend and her 6-year-old daughter from a previous relationship in Haren last year, NOS reports.
In October last year the man strangled his girlfriend with a telephone cord and then cut her throat. He then suffocated the 6-year-old girl with a piece of clothing.
Michael P. stated that he killed 25-year-old Anne Faber after he raped her because she called for help, was revealed during the first day of the trial against him on Monday.
P. said he wanted to let Faber go after the rape. But when she saw a cyclist and called for help, he stabbed her to death with a knife to keep her quiet.
Michael P., the man suspected of raping and killing Anne Faber, will also be prosecuted for assaulting three employees of the Pieter Baan Center. The assaults happened in February, NU.nl reports.
P. was admitted to the Pieter Baan Center for a mental health assessment. One morning in February, he assaulted one employee. That evening he attacked two others.
The Public Prosecutor in prosecuting three people, an after-school care facility, and a playground for the death of 4-year-old Maurycy Biernacki. In January 2016, the boy fell from a playground installation in Grootebroek and died in hospital nine days later, without ever regaining consciousness, AD reports.
A 22-year-old Dutch woman is in prison in the Kurdish part of Iraq along with her 5-month old baby and her father. The Kurdish authorities suspect the woman of terrorism, the family's lawyer Taner Sen confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports by NOS.
According to the lawyer, the woman and her father will appear before a judge on Wednesday.
A 26-year-old man from Syria who was shot by the police in Schiedam on Wednesday after he waved an ax on his balcony, passed away on Monday, the Public Prosecutor said.
The amount of illegal money in Amsterdam, and the undermining crime that comes with it, has reached a critical point, according to Amsterdam Ombudsman Arre Zuurmond. "It is too easy to earn money with crime. The government is intolerably absent, making the criminal career path too attractive to young people", Zuurmond said, Het Parool reports
From Friday the Dutch police will assess the vulnerability of each victim who reports a crime. This is to ensure that the victim does not fall victim to another crime and gets the help he or she needs, NOS reports.
Police officers will assess whether the victim is at risk of being threatened or if there is a chance of retaliation after the report is filed. Where necessary, the police and Public Prosecutor can then immediately take measures, like issuing restraining orders or protecting the victim in another way.
The Public Prosecutor is making another attempt to ban motorcycle club Hells Angels. The Prosecutor considers the Hells Angels to be an outlaw motorcycle gang whose members believe themselves above the law, NOS reports.
Along with a request to the civil court in Midden-Nederland to ban and dissolve the Hells Angels in the Netherlands, the Prosecutor submitted a file of hundreds of pages describing the criminal activities of the club and its members.
On Tuesday the court sentenced Freddy D. to 10 years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for killing his 12-year-old stepdaughter Djamila Marissen from Hoogeveen last year, NU.nl reports.
According to the court, D. killed Djamila to prevent being caught sexually abusing her. He was convicted of manslaughter and child sex abuse.
Volkert van der Graaf, the man who murdered populist politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002, no longer has to report to the probation service every six weeks, the court in The Hague ruled on Tuesday. Van der Graaf filed summary proceedings asking the court to lift this obligation so that he can emigrate abroad, NU.nl reports.
Two subsidiaries of construction company VolkerWessels are suspected of paying bribes to obtain construction contracts on Sint Maarten. The Tax Authority's investigative department FIOD is investigating, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor confirmed to ANP.