Thursday, January 29, 2015

Authorities Neglected Psychiatric Problems of Suspected Murderer of Deputy Prime Minister

A year after the murder of former Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Els Borst, a suspect has been identified.  It now turns out that it was well-known that the man had psychological problems.  In 2012, the Rotterdam court sentenced him to three years in jail.  The court ruled that he should be arrested immediately, as he was a danger to society. Yet the suspect remained free until the 12th of January of this year, when he was arrested on suspicions of having killed his sister.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dutch Railways Earned Millions by Transporting Jews to Death Camps

A new document has been found which shows that the Dutch state railways earned 2.5 million Euro during World War II for collaborating with the Germans in the transport of Jews to camps (adjusted for inflation, this translates into tens of millions of Euros).  Amsterdam professor Johannes Houwink ten Cate says that the railways discussed the transport of Jews with the Germans as late as 1944, when they knew that these people would be murdered. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Large Numbers of Kalashnikovs Found in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Police Commissioner in Chief, Pieter-Jaab Aalbersberg, has said that the Amsterdam police has confiscated 33 Kalashnikovs within the past four months.  In total, the Amsterdam police have confiscated 300 firearms in the past six months. Aalbersberg said that over the past few years the trade of heavy weapons in the Netherlands had not been a priority of the police. He believes that this has to change.  In the Netherlands, Kalashnikovs are very often used for gang killings.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Prison Wardens Feeling Increasingly Unsafe

A study by a department of the Ministry of Justice has found that Dutch prison wardens are feeling increasingly unsafe.  Two-thirds of them say that the budget cutbacks of Deputy Minister Teeven have had “a negative” or “very negative” impact on the workplace safety of prison employees.  There is increasing violence on the part of the inmates.  In a radio program, several wardens said that the shortage of personnel has led to an atmosphere of fear among prison workers.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Arson Burns Down Home of Ajax Fan Club

The police confirms that the fire which destroyed the home of the Ajax fans was due to arson.  The building has been entirely destroyed.  It was previously destroyed by arson in 2005, and in 2006, two men were arrested for planning to burn it down again.  The police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gap between Rich and Poor in Netherlands is Rapidly Increasing

As far as wealth is concerned, the richest 1% in the Netherlands own more than a quarter of all private wealth, which is an increase over the previous year.  Meanwhile, the lowest socioeconomic strata increased their debts.  These data come from the Central Bureau of Statistics, who states that the wealthiest 75,000 Dutch households at the beginning of 2013 had 26.6% of the wealth, as against 24% at the beginning of 2012.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Another Dutch Jihadist Killed Near Kobani

After Soufian Z., another jihadist from the Hague, Driss D., has been killed in the Syrian border town of Kobani. In the past, he had unsuccessfully tried to fight with Islamists in Chechnya and in Somalia. In 2013, he departed together with Soufian Z. for Syria.