On Friday the Supreme Court held the Dutch State liable for the events that followed the fall of Bosnian enclave Srebrenica in 2015, but to a lesser extent than the court in The Hague did in a previous ruling. The court previously ruled that the surviving relatives could claim 30 percent of damages suffered from the State. The Supreme Court reduced that to 10 percent, NU.nl reports.
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 ruling by the court in The Hague that held the Dutch State partly accountable for the death of around 300 Muslim men after the fall of Bosnian Muslim enclave Srebrenica in 1995, is unjust, the Advocate General said in advice to the Supreme Court. According to the advocate General, Dutch UN battalion Dutchbat can not be held liable for the death of the Muslim men, NU.nl reports.
The Attorney General of the Supreme Council wants to change the way DNA samples are taken from convicts. Currently the judiciary takes a DNA sample from everyone sentenced to four years or more in prison. According to the Attorney General, this puts privacy at stake. He suggests only taking DNA material from people convicted of serious violent or sexual offenses, NOS reports.
The Supreme Court shot down one of the Dutch government's main arguments for abolishing dividend tax. The Netherlands' dividend tax is legally very sustainable and not discriminatory for foreign investors. It therefore does not have to be abolished to prevent lawsuits and repayment of taxes, Advocate General Peter Wattel of the Supreme Court wrote in advice to the government, NOS reports.
A new investigation was launched into the murder of a 63-year-old woman in Arnhem in 1998. The nine men convicted and sentenced to prison for her murder, may have been convicted based on false statements, the advisory committee for closed criminal cases ACAS announced on Tuesday, ANP reports.
The nine men were sentenced to between five and 12 years in prison. ACAS called their convictions "potentially unsafe" in advice given to the supreme court.
The Ministry of Public Health Welfare and Sports wants to close all smoking areas in restaurants in bars, restaurants and other catering establishments in the Netherlands within two years. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis will announce this on Friday, sources in The Hague told NOS.
Blokhuis is responding to a court ruling in a lawsuit filed by Clean Air Nederland. In February the court ruled that all smoking areas in restaurants, bars and cafes must close.
The Supreme Court upheld a 16 years prison sentence against Utrecht serial rapist Gerard T. This is the third ruling and final ruling in this case. There is sufficient evidence to convict the 55-year-old man for violently raping four young women in Utrecht, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
Dutch telecom providers Ziggo and XS4ALL are blocking access to torrent site The Pirate Bay after the court in The Hague ordered them to do so. Ziggo blocked the site on Wednesday, and XS4ALL plan to do so on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Netherlands can extradite Aydin C. to Canada to stand trial for his role in the death of Canadian teen Amanda Todd, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The 15-year-old girl committed suicide in 2012 after being extorted for years by someone who convinced her to undress in front of a webcam for him. C. is the alleged perpetrator suspect in the case.
The Dutch Tax Authorities must stop collecting images and data from cameras along highways, the Supreme Court ruled. According to the court, collecting that data and the way it is used violates privacy laws, AD reports.
The Tax Authorities use the data collected for checks under the aggregation scheme and to impose additional taxes.
Former VVD deputy Ton Hooijmaijers was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for corruption, forgery and money laundering by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The Supreme court thereby upholds a ruling made by the court of appeals in April 2015, NU.nl reports. Hooijmaijers himself filed the appeal to the Supreme Court. No further appeal is possible.
The Supreme Court did agree to give a 2 month shortage on the imposed sentence of 2.5 years because the court exceeded the reasonable time limit for submitting documents, according to the newspaper.
On Tuesday the Supreme Court sentenced kickboxer Badr Hari to two years in prison, 10 months conditionally suspended. The Dutch kickboxer was found guilty of various assaults, including that of now deceased businessman Koen Everink at Sensation White in Amsterdam in 2012. After Hari's time in custody is subtracted from the sentence, he still has to spend about 6 months in jail, NU.nl reports.
On Friday the Supreme court upheld the legal ban on breeding and slaughtering mink for fur. According to the court, the law banning fur farms is not in breach of the human rights convention, NU.nl reports.
The ban on mink fur farming took effect in the Netherlands on January 15th, 2013. The law states that it is illegal to breed or kill an animal for its fur because it is not ethically defensible. For existing mink farms, the ban only takes effect from January 1st, 20124. The transition period is to give mink fur farmers tie to recoup their investments.
A total of 20 confidential documents were found in Economic Minister Henk Kamp's private email account, which he used for work puroposes for a long time, the Minister wrote to parliament on Thursday following an investigation by the national auditing service ADR. One of those documents contained a state secret with the highest classification of "Zeer Geheim", or Very Secret in English, NU.nl reports.
Albert Heringa should not be punished for helping his 99-year-old mother commit suicide, according to an Advocate General of the Supreme Court who studied the case. The court in Arnhem previously ruled that Heringa should not be punished. The Advocate General advises that the ruling be upheld, NOS reports.
Non-smokers' interest group Clean Air Nederland (CAN) is filing a lawsuit on Thursday in an effort to completely ban smoking in the hospitality industry, including bars, restaurants and hotels
On Tuesday the court acquitted Martien Hunnik for the murder of record producer Bart van der Laar. This acquittal comes in the review process of this case, almost 35 years after the murder
The Supreme Court also acquitted former neurologist Ernst Janen Steur for intentionally giving patients wrong diagnoses. In 2014 the court in Almelo convicted Jansen Steur and sentenced him to three years in prison. Last year the court acquitted him of the main charge. The acquittal is sufficiently motivated, according to the court
Telecom companies that offer mobile handsets on installment now have to comply to the same rules as "normal" credit suppliers, including applying for a license with the Authority for Financial Markets, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem wrote to Parliament on Wednesday
The Public Prosecutor decided to turn to the Supreme Court to appeal against the Amsterdam court's decision to acquit a 37-year-old PVV supporter of insulting Arabs because of their race
The Public Prosecutor is turning to the Supreme Court to appeal against the Amsterdam Court of Appeals' ruling to clear bookseller Michiel van Eyck of hate crime charges for selling Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kamph in his historical objects store
A Dutch court convicted former Amsterdam politician Delano Felter for comments he made in 2010 against homosexuals. He was fined one thousand euros by the court, which conditionally suspended half the amount for two years.
From March 1st, 2016 arrested suspects will have the right to have a lawyer present during police questioning, the Supreme Court decided on Tuesday. This means that the suspect must be informed of this right before questioning starts, and can only be questioned without a lawyer if he explicitly waives this right, the court explained