Sunday, September 22, 2019

Dutch Police Policy enables drug criminality


In a detailed analysis of drug criminality in the Netherlands, the daily Trouw said that it has been the Dutch police policy to concentrate its efforts on crimes that the public complain about.  This means that the heads of drug criminality are not persecuted.  Thus, the Netherlands became the leading drug country in Europe. The Minister of Justice Grapperhaus said that "we have allowed drug criminality to thrive."


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Murder of Lawyer Attacks Essence of State of Law


Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema (Green Left) reacted to the murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum.  She said that it was an unprecedented attack on the legal profession which assails the essence of the state of law.  She added that for police and the prosecution, finding the perpetrator is of the highest priority. 


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Lawyer of Witness in Important Process Killed



Early this morning the lawyer, Derk Wiersum, was killed in Amsterdam.  He was the lawyer of Nabil B., the main witness against a group of people including Ridouan Tagih, the leading criminal wanted by the Netherlands.  In 2018 Nabil’s brother, Reduan, was murdered.  Various parliamentarians want clarification from the Minister of Justice, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, about the threats against the lawyer and security for him.  This was the first murder of a lawyer in the Netherlands since 2004.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Many Judges hide additional Activities


Dutch Judges are allowed to have additional activities outside the court. Yet, they are legally obliged to publish those in a special register. Dutch researcher Paul Ruijs has identified a number of judges who do not do so. Furthermore, the heads of courts, decided in 2013 that courses by judges to train lawyers to improve their pleading before courts, are undesirable. Nevertheless Ruijs found a number of judges who were offering these services among which a those who do not not registering them in the special register.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

European Central Bank Policies Endanger Dutch Pensions


Various Dutch parliamentarians including from the majority parties, consider that the policy of the European Central Bank to reduce the interest rate and continue to buy outstanding loans from countries will create increasing problems for Dutch pension funds and thus for people who hold pensions.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

State Pays Costs of Kings’ Palaces Twice



The NRC daily has found that for many years the state has been paying twice for the costs of maintenance of palace furniture. The government had bought this inventory between 1982-2009 from the House of Orange. The government committed to maintain the furniture at its cost. Nevertheless, the annual grant by the government to the royal family was never reduced so the state has been paying twice for this maintenance.  Parliament was never informed about these transactions.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fifty radical Islamic Muslim Schools incite


Research by the media Nieuwsuur and the daily NRC about 50 radical Islamic Muslim schools in the Netherlands. They found that children participating in the courses after school time and in the weekend are for instance told that non-Muslims should be put to death. The Liberal Party and the Christian Union, both government parties, want the Inspectorate for Education to investigate whether in these schools children are taught to negate Dutch society.