Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Dutch Politician Calls for Expelling of International Criminal Court Prosecutor

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Freedom Party, the second largest party in The Netherlands, has called for expelling international criminal court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda from the country. The reason was her attempting to try Israelis for war crimes. Wilders said that the court “behaves as a biased pro-Palestinian institution and an anti-Semitic kangaroo court.”

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dutch Mail Box Companies used for major African corruption

As a result of the so-called Luanda Leaks investigation by journalists, much attention has been given to the claim that Isabel dos Santos, daughter of a former Angolan president, is managing via Dutch mail box companies, hundreds of millions of assets. Already in 2012, the Dutch Central Bank questioned dos Santos' Dutch interests but supervision was not possible.  Last year, the state of Angola sequestrated US$ 1.1 billion of dos Santos' assets who is most likely the richest woman in Africa. In Anglo there are major accusations against her concerning corruption.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Groningen: Hooligans attack police, one agent wounded

Sixty youngster fought in Groningen.  They also threw stones and bottles at the police.
One police officer was wounded. Two people were arrested because they had insulted police and one for the destruction of a police car.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Heirs Accuse Restitution Commission of Bias with Kandinsky Painting

The Dutch Restitution Commission which deals with art stolen by the Nazis advised that the Amsterdam Municipal Museum in 2018 could keep a Kandinsky painting in their collection.  The original owner’s heirs have brought a court case against the Amsterdam municipality and the Municipal Museum. They are claiming that four of the seven commission members have a conflict of interest with the Municipal Museum. Stuart Eizenstat, US former Deputy Minister has said at an international congress that the Dutch decision in this case is totally opposed to the Washington Principles that determine which stolen artwork should be returned to its original owners or their heirs.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Suspicious Package Found at Kosher Restaurant Amsterdam

A suspicious package was found in front of the Amsterdam kosher restaurant, HaCarmel. The restaurant has in the past been subject of frequent antisemitic vandalism. A commanding officer from the emergency services of the police took command of the entire scene for all responding agencies. The Ministry of Defense’s Explosive Removal Department was also deployed at the scene.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Politicians Should Take Responsibility for Their Own Laws

Henk Naves, the Chairman of the Dutch Council for the Judiciary, has said in his New Year’s Speech that politicians should take responsibility for their own laws: “Stop hiding behind our robes and take responsibility for the law-making and decision-taking which is apparently falling short.”  Naves remarked that while there is nothing wrong with politicians criticising judges, he missed support from others who did not agree. ‘Most [politicians] stay silent and are complicit,’ he said.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Police Claims 9300 Incidents between New Year’s Eve and New Years

The period between New Year’s Eve and New Years led to 9300 registered incidences by Police.  Nearly 300 people were arrested. There were acts of arson, vandalism, violence against caretakers and policemen. In reality, the number of incidences was much higher because many policemen do not report minor incidences during that period as they consider that normal for this
time of year.