Monday, July 15, 2019

Tens of Problematic Policemen Suspended

In the past weeks, various police units have suspended tens of policemen, partly because of lack of integrity and partly due to breach of confidentiality.  One of the most severe cases was that the gang of leading criminal, Ridouan Taghi, had bought a senior policemen in Utrecht.  That policeman has been fired.  Within the police there are major concerns about the integrity of policemen.  This can be found in a confidential police report.  Already in one region, central Netherlands, criminals have access to 19 corrupt contacts among the authorities.  The national police cannot investigate all information because of capacity problems .  The report says that what is known is probably the tip of the iceberg.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Leading Daily: Tax Authorities Turn Decent People into Criminals

Chasing fraudulent recipients of social help leads to the tax authorities turning decent people into criminals.  This was said by Wierd Duk of the Netherlands daily, the Telegraaf.  He says it is one more example of the failure of the authorities.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Amsterdam: Inquiry at Islamic School over leaked footage of preacher

Education inspectors have started an investigation at Amsterdam’s only Islamic secondary school as there were claims that a pupil was suspended for allegedly filming teachers in class.  A recent clip showed a teacher presenting a clip of Salafist preacher Fouad el Bouch to the children.  A
report by the intelligence service, AIVD claimed that el Bouch was influencing the school curriculum. This could not be confirmed by education inspectors.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Minister: 13 million Euro Dutch Subsidies Disappear in Mali

The Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, has written to parliament that 13 million Euro Dutch help provided for the Mali state budget between 2005-2015 are unaccounted for. These monies were incompletely controlled by the Mali government and there are suspicions of fraud.  She expressed this concern to the prime minister of Mali, Boubou Cisse.  He responded by saying that fighting corruption is a priority for him.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

UN rapporteur heavily criticizes Dutch Queen

The Special UN Rapporteur for extra judicial executions Agnes Callamard has heavily criticized Dutch Queen Maxima.  During the G-20 Summit in Japan, the Queen met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, without raising the issue of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi.  The UN says that the Crown Prince and other senior Saudi officials are responsible for this murder.  Callamard said that the Queen’s silence made her a collaborator.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Emergency Services Phone Outage Led to Woman’s Death

On Monday, a major outage occurred at Telecom Company, KPN. This also led to the unavailability of emergency numbers.  As a result, a woman in the town of Breda died as she could not get through to the local safety office and ambulance service. This led to a lethal delay. The police main contact number 112 was not reachable for over 3 hours due to the outage of KPN’s system.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Culture of Fear at Police Academy

The Dutch police academy suffers from a culture of fear and departing teachers which can’t be replaced. This was written in an anonymous letter by teachers of the academy. At the academy future policemen, detectives and specialists are trained. The teachers also write that since their first mention to the media of the problems, the atmosphere is terrible. They feel insecure. The management denies these claims.