Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld is pressing charges against the Ministry of Defense for preparing and influencing former soldiers on what to say when they testified in a case surrounding the deaths of two hijackers during the liberation of a hijacked train at De Punt in 1977.
The Ministry of Defense will be "under siege" from its own staff on Friday. Soldiers will block all entrances and exits of the Ministry's building in a labor action for better working conditions, the military unions announced, ANP reports.
Defense's military and civilian workers have been without a collective bargaining agreement since 2013, according to the news wire. Negotiations for a new agreement stranded in the spring. The unions rejected a final offer by the Ministry, which included a wage increase of 2 percent and money for training.
Hurricane Irma is expected to hit the islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba, all part of the Dutch Kingdom, at noon on Wednesday (Netherlands time), according to NU.nl. The hurricane is considered a class five hurricane, the fiercest category on the Saffir-Simmpson scale. With wind speeds of 295 kilometers per hour measured, Irma is in the top 5 of fiercest Atlantic hurricanes, RTL Nieuws reports.
The hurricane will hit Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday morning. The authorities on the two Caribbean islands called on residents to seek shelter.
Traces of what is believed to be blood were found in the Turkish authorities' search for missing Joey Hoffmann in the hills around Silifke on Thursday, AD reports.
The local police chief could not yet confirm or say anything about the discovery to the newspaper.
Relatives of killed Moluccan train hijackers received transcriptions of sound recordings made when soldiers stormed the hijacked train at De Punt in 1977. A number of soldiers were carrying recording equipment, intended for training purposes. The Netherlands Forensic Institute transcribed the recordings after the court ordered this done, NOS reports.
Marine soldiers involved in the storing of a hijacked train at De Punt in 1977 will have to be questioned as witnesses, the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday. According to the court, it has insufficient information to judge whether two of the hijackers were intentionally killed by soldiers. Which is why the court needs to hear more from other soldiers who were involved, NU.nl reports.
Three commanders of the marines involved in ending a train hijacking at De Punt in 1977, finally decided to break their silence and speak out against the controversy around the hijacking. In an interview with the Telegraaf they say that they find the past years' criticism on the action "disgusting" and that the soldiers acted according to the rules in ending the hijacking. The Telegraaf will publish the full interview on Saturday.
Women, LGBT's and ethnic minorities often have negative experiences in the Dutch military because they differ from the white, heterosexual male norm, according to a report social and cultural planning office SCP published on Friday, NU.nl reports.
The government announced a financial windfall of 4.3 billion euros on Friday. According to Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the money came from Dutch citizens paying more corporation tax, income tax and VAT than expected due to the improving economy. And the sale of 65 million ABN Amro shares, which brought in 1.3 billion euros, NOS reports.
More than 100 Dutchbat III veterans reported to claim compensation from the Dutch government. According to them, they were sent on an "already impossible mission" when they were ordered to protect the inhabitants of Bosnian enclave Srebrenica in 1995
Security is being strengthened at Schiphol airport with extra Koninklijke Marechaussee officers, but the security levels will only reached desired strength in mid 2017, a spokesperson for the Marechaussee - a policing force that works as a branch of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security - said to the Financieele Dagblad. Until that time, soldiers will help out.
Military union VBM is furious about the Ministry of Defense's procurement policy, which resulted in too few helmets being ordered for the new combat uniforms. This means that 18 thousand will have to borrow someone else's helmet when training or if they're sent on a mission on short notice
The Dutch army is deploying soldiers from Monday to help the Koninklijke Marechaussee search for undocumented migrants trying to go to Britain via the Dutch ports
The Ministry of Defense is paying out millions of euros in compensation to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving in Lebanon in the early 80's.
The Dutch Bar Association is concerned about the fact that the Ministry of Defense is recording calls between soldiers and their lawyers and that Defense departments other than the security agencies may be listening to the conversations.
More and more people who participated in military missions abroad register for welfare benefits due to all sorts of complaints.
The threat level around the United Nations base in Gao, Mali has increased and the threat is "significant," according to the Minister of Defence, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert. Many Dutch troops are stationed in the area supporting the multinational mission, Minusma, to restore security and stability in Mali.
The three Dutch soldiers who were recalled from Afghanistan on suspicion of "a possible offense" by Defense last August, are guilty of "embezzlement in association". This was confirmed by the Public Prosecutor in Arnhem.
According to the ChristenUnie, the families of soldiers on mission must get more support. Soldiers must also not be deployed for longer than three months. This an help guarantee a better family life for them.
The Ministry of Defense has constructed a very thorough National Training Center in the forests of Vught. The terrain at the Van Brederode Barracks is fully equipped with visual aids to help train aid workers, police and Defense for threatening situations with as much realism as possible, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
According to Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten people should continue living a normal life despite the terror threats.
The Dutch branch of Doctors Without Borders in those West African countries where Ebola has broken out are now asking for military aid from The Netherlands. A spokesperson made the plea on BNR, and according to De Telegraaf, the military union VBM is positive about the possibility.
The Netherlands has agreed to a new NATO mission in Afghanistan. The intention is that a hundred soldiers will be sent to the country, starting January 1st 2015.
Prospective changes to the visual representation of the entry tour of Sinterklaas, most notably to the appearance of Zwarte Piet, may happen as soon as this year. Elsevier reports that the new Pieten may be featured in several places in The Netherlands, though it is unclear what these new character will look like.