Every year the police use undercover police officers in dozens of investigations, despite criticism from lawyers and experts. Between 2014 and 2016 undercover cops were used a total of 189 times, newspaper AD reports based on figures requested from the police.
The Netherlands escaped a terrorist attack that could've resulted in "dozens of victims" with the arrest of seven suspects in Arnhem and Weert in September last year, the Public Prosecutor said in court on Thursday - the first proforma hearing in this case. Only three of the six suspects still in detention were present at the hearing, AD reports.
The police caught five escorts working without the necessary permits during an undercover operation against illegal prostitution and human trafficking in Breda on Saturday. One of the sex workers had her 2-year-old daughter waiting in the car while she worked, the police said.
Veilig Thuis, the organization that deals with child abuse and domestic violence, was called in after the discovery of the toddler in the car. "The file of this family is known there; Veilig Thuis is working on it", the police said.
A 35-year-old man from Sint Willebrord was arrested for the second time last month for involvement in the assassination of Peter van der Linde in Breda last year. Suspect David J. was arrested in an undercover operation, sources confirmed to ANP.
While abroad, J. told undercover police officers things about the murder that resulted in his arrest, according to the news wire. What he said, is not clear. The Public Prosecutor refused to comment.
Last week J.'s pre-trail detention was extended until his first public hearing in June.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee and other special investigative services like the FIOD will soon have the authority to launch undercover operations, deploy infiltrators and listen in on confidential communication themselves, according to an adopted legislative amendment that takes effect this summer, the Volkskrant reports.
Tony D., a man arrested earlier this month on suspicion of being the second gunman in the mistaken identity murder of Amsterdam DJ Djordy Latumahina, was caught in a carefully considered undercover operation, the Public Prosecutor said in a pro-forma hearing in the murder case on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
The trial against former police officer Mark M., suspected of selling police information to criminals, was delayed until at least December so that other witnesses can be questioned. In court on Tuesday M. said that he searched the police database as a "hobby", though refused to explain how the data he searched for ended up in criminal hands. He also claims that the police lured him into a trap when he was arrested, the Volkskrant reports
The seven suspects arrested in January in connection with a diamond heist at Schiphol in 2005, were arrested after a years-long undercover operation by the judiciary, Het Parool reports based on information from sources. The seven suspects are in court for the first time on Wednesday.
The court in Breda sentenced Wim S. to 18 years in prison for the murder of his partner Heidy Goedhart in Kaatsheuvel in 2010. The sentence is equal to what the prosecutor demanded
An undercover police operation in Schiedam ended in a shooting on Wednesday afternoon. One of the suspects were injured, according to the police.
The case surrounding the murder of Heidy Goedhart from Kaatsheuvel seemed to be neatly wrapped up when her partner, Wim S., confessed to killing her last year. But experts are now calling the confession unreliable and worthless, because of the way that the police manipulated the suspect into giving it, Brabants Dagblad reports based on the police file on the case.