Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Dutch Police have no manpower to investigate Turkish heroin criminals

The Dutch Police detective department have no capacity to investigate Turkish heroin criminals in the Netherlands.  The priority of the service is fighting mainly synthetic drugs such as cocaine.  This, despite the often violent methods of the heroin criminals, which includes killings – wrong targets, blackmailing, use of heavy weapons and kidnappings. The result is that a huge flood of heroin dominates the Dutch market while the criminals have little to fear.  This information was found in an internal police report of which data was published by the AD Daily.



Monday, December 11, 2017

Attacker of Amsterdam Jewish Restaurant freed after two Days

The Palestinian asylumseeker who attacked a Jewish restaurant last Thursday in Amerdam and destroyed its windows has already been freed. He is not allowed to come within hundred meters of the restaurant and has to collaborate with the rehabilitation services. The man has said that he had no antisemitic intentions.

https://nos.nl/artikel/2206768-man-die-koosjer-restaurant-aanviel-weer-vrijgelaten.html

Sunday, December 10, 2017

D66 Politician links anti-semitic attack to Trump policy

Reinier van Dantzig is the faction leader in the Amsterdam municipal council of the left liberal D66 party – a member of the Dutch government coalition. After the anti-semitic attack by a Palestinian who smashed the door and windows of an Amsterdam Jewish restaurant, van Dantzig tweeted “how awful that this happened. It shows how thoughtless statements by the leader of the free world have direct consequences.  Let us show clearly that there is no room for intolerance in Amsterdam!”

Dutch Jewish lawyer, Herman Loonstein condemned van Dantzig’s statement as “cowardly and obscene” remarking that it was a form of “victim blaming.” 
In the meantime the lawyer of the perpetrator has said that the attack had nothing to do with Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Amsterdam: Man with Palestinian flag breaks windows of Jewish restaurant

A man with a club has destroyed the windows of a Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam.  A witness said the man shouted: “Palestine and Allah Akbar” during this act.  He has since been arrested.



http://www.at5.nl/artikelen/176055/man-met-palestijnse-vlag-slaat-ruiten-joods-restaurant-in


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Rail Infrastructure Company Has to Pay Penalty for Carelessness

The Dutch ProRail infrastructure company has to pay a penalty of 50,000 Euro for leaving trains with chlorine at the Amersfoort station.  The judge said that the company hadn’t met safety regulations.  The prosecution  requested a penalty of 150,000 Euro.  It called the company a “recidivist” of letting dangerous train wagons filled with chlorine stand at night in populated areas without informing the authorities.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Police union supervising black Pete demonstration had very high costs

For many years the battle about black Pete has been on going in Dutch society.  Around 200 people demonstrated against this folklore figure in the town of Dokkum.  The Chairman of the ACP Police Union, Gerrit van de Kamp estimated the cost of the police presence between 350 000 and 500 000 Euros.  He added that these are hours that cannot be spent on other business. He came under criticism by politicians who said that democratic rights should not be considered as a financial burden, because everyone has the right to demonstrate and be protected.



Monday, December 4, 2017

Groningen: Psychologists Treat Student Movement Members Due to Harassment

Various psychologists have reported treating members of the Vindicat student movement in Groningen.  Extreme initiation rituals have led to students being hospitalized.  One student was brought to court for maltreating another student member.  Until this year new members were also required to sign a contract where they agreed to keep silent.  The university says that it will investigate the issue.
https://www.volkskrant.nl/binnenland/meerdere-leden-van-vindicat-naar-psycholoog-om-ervaringen-bij-corps-waaronder-fysiek-geweld~a4535909/

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Former Members disclose information about Motormaffia

Three former members of the Motor Club No Surrender, have told the police and the press about the criminal practices of the organization.  The management of the club enriches itself by cancelling membership of some which it then extorts.  Also debts of members are cashed in from family and friends.  A number of members have filed a complaint with the prosecution which is planning a prohibition of the club.  One of the members said that every criminal can become a member of the Motor Club even without a driver’s license. About himself, he said: “I was interesting because of my contacts in the world of drugs.  They hoped to obtain through me larger quantities at lower pricing.”


www.elsevierweekblad.nl/nederland/achtergrond/2017/12/ex-leden-no-surrender-doen-hun-verhaal-over-motormaffia-564796/

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Hague: Croat Commits Suicide in Yugoslavia Tribunal

Slobodan Praljak, a former Croation general, who was condemned by the Yugoslavia Tribunal in the Hague to a twenty year jail sentence too his own life during the court session by drinking a vial of poison.  Comment: One wonders how incompetent the Tribunal can be if such a thing can happen.

fd.nl/economie-politiek/1229874/veroordeelde-joegoslavie-tribunaal-slikt-gif-in-rechtszaal

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Most Minors whose Asylum-Request has been refused stay in The Netherlands

From the data of a Ministry of Justice department (DT&V) it can be concluded that four out of five of the 1300 minors whose request for asylum has been refused still stay in the Netherlands.
www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1357563/afgewezen-minderjarige-asielzoekers-blijven-gewoon

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Black Book on Ethnic Discrimination in Dutch Police

Twenty six policemen, mainly with a non-Western background, have prepared a black book about personal experiences with discrimination in the Dutch police.  They say that they have been discriminated against and intimidated by colleagues and have not found a willing ear from their superiors.  The head of the Dutch police, Erik Akerboom, admitted to the urgency of the problem.  He said that a change of culture requires time and effort in all layers of our society.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Rijswijk: Congress Planned to Free Palestinian Terrorist

In the town of Rijswijk an anti-Israel congress is planned from 8-10 December. The participants request among others the freeing of Marwan Barghouti a Palestinian terrorist who has been condemned to five life sentences in Israel. The party Beter for Rijswijk has asked asks the town’s mayor to prohibit the gathering. The leader of its faction in the municipal council has said that these people support murderers and terrorists and are a security risk.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Major Criticism on the Publications of Academics

A few years ago it became known that a well-known Dutch professor, Diederik Stapel, had invented the data on which tens of his articles were based.  This essay shows that there is a huge area of poor research and that peer reviews have also become a grey area.  The essay expresses doubts whether the real societal aim of science is met: to contribute to a better world and a better life on this earth.  It says that a systemic approach to the problem is necessary.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Huge pollution of Spraying Gravel with Asbestos

According to the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment, 594 companies have used spraying gravel polluted with asbestos in spraying and maintenance activities. The gravel was supplied by the company Eurogrit. Estimates are that the damage caused to spraying companies could be in the order of magnitude of 200 million Euro. The Eurogrit Company says that the quantities of asbestos are so small that according to experts there are no health risks.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sex Crime Police Under Pressure


Jan Struijs, Chairman of the Dutch Police Union (NPB), says that the sex crime police division is under great pressure.  All research shows that there is insufficient information about sexual violence and intimidation in Dutch society.  The pressure on the police has continually increased in this area.  The issues concerned are child pornography, rape, human trafficking and incest.  While monitors indicate that there are more reports on cases, there is no increase in the number of complaints to the police.  He concluded that sexual violence is a problem from which we only see the tip of the iceberg.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1305448/problemen-bij-zedenpolitie-groter

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Alt Right Group Includes Neo-Nazis

The Volkskrant daily has devoted a large article to an international conference of an extreme right-wing group called Erkenbrand. The great majority present were Dutchmen, most of whom have higher education. They focus on race and realism and mention the beginning of the rise of the revolution in Charlottesville (USA), where a right-wing extremist killed an anti-fascist. The group includes Neo-Nazis. One of them said to the paper, I wouldn’t shed a tear if the trains to the east start running again. This is a reference to the Nazi transport of the Jews to the extermination camps in Poland.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Intelligence service: Radical Muslim Women may Carry out Terror Attacks

The AIVD general intelligence service warns that about hundred Muslim women in the Netherlands are radicalized so much that they might undertake a terror attack. In addition eighty women have left the Netherlands to join ISIS in Syria or Iraq. The AIVD mentions that part of them walk around with weapons and suicide belts. That means that the image of the woman which sits at home taking care of the children is no longer valid.



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dutch Writer Produces Major Distortion of Anne Frank Story

A Dutch author, Ilija Pfeijffer, has written a totally distorted theater play of the diary of Anne Frank. In this work, Anne Frank has lost her Jewish character.  The author has invented a sexual assault on Anne Frank’s sister, Margot, by Fritz Pfeffer, one of the other real life Jews in hiding in the same place. The Nazis are not mentioned as such but referred to as “the enemies.”
www.newsweek.com/anne-frank-play-jews-nazis-theater-netherlands-703484

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Criminal Albanians rising Group in Drug Trade

Gangs from Albania have become increasingly important in Dutch crime. They are mainly involved major offenses in organized crime. The head of the Rotterdam police, Frank Paauw, has recently returned from a visit to Albania for the purpose of discussing illegal travelers and organized crime. In 2015, there were about 300 incidents with Albanian suspects, a year later in 2016 that had increased to 1000. Paauw said that trade in cocaine and human trafficking are their core business.  In the Netherlands, the number of official Albanian citizens is 800. The number of suspected criminals is almost as high. Police and justice officials in Amsterdam have suggested that Albanians should be required to obtain a visa when traveling to countries in the Schengen area.   


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Amsterdam Airport Negligent on Security


Various sources say that Schiphol Amsterdam Airport is negligent concerning security.  The Dutch organization of pilots, VNV, has written to parliament on this issue and in April the research council for security also issued a warning.  In addition, the chairman of the organization of inhabitants around Schiphol discussed the growing fear of collision in the air and on landing strips.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Minister: Russians attempt to influence Public Opinion with Fake News

Kajsa Ollongren (D66), Minister of the Interior, has written to Parliament, that mainly Russia is trying to influence the Dutch public opinion with fake news. She said that the Russian Intelligence Services target the Netherlands. Ollongren called the distribution of fake news a danger for The Netherlands. She wants to have a meeting with media and technology companies to prevent this type of influence.  


Monday, November 13, 2017

The Hague: Moroccans throw Objects at Police, Arrests Made

After the soccer team of Morocco qualified for the 2018 World Championships in Russia Moroccan fans of the team assembled in the problematic Schilderswijk neighbourhood of the Hague. Police intervention was necessary also the special Mobile Police unit and police dogs were present. Coca cola tins and firework were thrown at the police. Several arrests were made.   


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Liberal Jewish Community: Hatred against Jews increasingly normal














The National Dialogue Commission of the Dutch Association of Progressive Jewry (liberal Jews) has written to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the faction leaders in Parliament and mayors. They ask them to speak out against hatred of Jews and want them to take concrete measures. Their request is supported by the OJCM (Consultancy Group of Jews, Christians and Muslims).  


https://www.nieuwwij.nl/nieuws/uitingen-haat-joden-steeds-normaler/

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jewish Journalist exposes Muslim Party’s maligning of Him

In an article by Cnaan Liphshiz, the European correspondent of the Jewish Telegraph Agency, he exposes how the parliamentarians of the Muslim DENK Party have maligned him. In questions submitted to the Minister of General Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, they claimed that as a former member of the Israeli military, he was part of an effort by Israel to “spy on pro-Palestine activists in Europe.” The Dutch pro-Israel Lobby CIDI asked members of the Dutch Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee to speak out against DENK. None have, nor did the Dutch journalist union of which Liphshiz is a member.   


https://www.jta.org/2017/11/08/news-opinion/world/i-was-just-flagged-as-an-israeli-spy-in-the-dutch-parliament

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Terrorist Planner Condemned to Half Prison Sentence by Public Prosecutor

Jaouad A., a 31 year old man from Rotterdam, has been condemned by the court in Rotterdam to four years in prison for preparing a terrorist attack.  The public prosecution had requested eight years of jail.  Police and the intelligence service identified him and he was arrested last year.  At his home, a Kalashnikov, armor plated bullets, a jihad flag and 298 illegal fireworks were found.  On his computer 289 ISIS videos were found including beheadings.  A conversation was also recorded in which he discussed the possibility of an attack on the Turkish Consulate yet a few minutes later he said that the people inside were  Muslims and added that it was better to choose Dutchmen.
https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/4-jaar-cel-voor-rotterdammer-die-aanslag-beraamde~a24de57f/

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Imam beats Children in Class in Mosque

















Haroen K. is the Imam of the Shane Mustafa in Mosque  Rotterdam. A video shown in the Dutch daily Telegraaf, shows how he beats children in a class taking place at the mosque. It now has come out that he was sentenced to 100 hours community service for hitting a child in the UK, where he had lived before moving to Holland. In the past he was also working at the Hijaz-commune in the UK. The founder of that commune has been accused by a Dutch woman of raping children.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1073824/imam-tiran-in-de-klas


Monday, November 6, 2017

Netherlands faces Looming Shortage in Foster Families

According to foster care organization Pleegzorg The Netherlands may soon face a shortage in foster families. The organization has no explanation for the decrease. Approximately 3 thousand families per year sign up to foster children, but in 2016 this number suddenly dropped. Pleegzorg Nederland is looking for other ways to deal with this looming shortage. 

https://nltimes.nl/2017/11/03/netherlands-faces-looming-shortage-foster-families

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Israel Lobby: Muslim Party Uses Antisemitic Symbols and Insinuations

The CIDI Israel Information Service has written to all parliamentarians saying that the Muslim party, DENK, has put forth parliamentary questions which are permeated by antisemitic symbols, suggestions and insinuations while covering them up as criticism of Israel. CIDI asked parliamentarians to condemn the antisemitic style of DENK.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dutch novelist raises questions about husband of Dutch minister.

Dutch novelist Leon de Winter has written an article in which he says that the appointment of Sigrid Kaag (D66 Party) as Minister of Foreign Trade and Development raises major question. Kaag is married to a Palestinian ambassador who for eight years was a deputy minister of the highly corrupt Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He says that the paying of Dutch tax money by Kaag’s ministry to the Palestinian Authority, with which her husband is closely related, is problematic.  
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1000366/man-van-minister-kaag-doet-ertoe

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Antisemitic Inciter Only Gets a Small Fine by Public Prosecutor

A pizza baker, Rachid El H., tweeted in 2012 extreme antisemitic messages including: “Only answer for Israel: Total extermination of the cockroaches” and “Hitler wasn’t much compared to the Israelis. Somebody should have taken over Hitler’s task of sixty years ago.” In 2017 Dutch public TV, NOS, interviewed Rachid about fighting polarization in the Netherlands, but the NOS didn’t vet him or check his extreme hate mongering.  The public prosecutor has proposed to Rachid that he pay 250 Euro and will be free of further prosecution.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dutch Red Cross loyal to German Nazi occupiers during Second World War


Two books expose the extreme shortcomings of top management of the Dutch Red Cross concerning the persecution of Jews and several other issues during the Second World War.  Jews were expelled from membership, Jewish donors were no longer accepted as blood donors, and the top management did not object against the persecution of the Jews. 


https://www.historischnieuwsblad.nl/nl/artikel/47557/het-is-erg-moeilijk-om-veel-positiefs-te-zien-in-de-rol-van-het-nederlandse-rode-kruis-in-oorlogstijd.html

Monday, October 30, 2017

Amsterdam: Was fired municipal official made a scapegoat for deceased mayor’s secret activities?

The deceased mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan (Labour) has been found to have run a secret project against radicalization of Muslims. A series of movies was prepared for Youtube around a Moroccan who opposed radicalization. It now turns out that the person in question was a hired actor. The project was titled “the Grey Campaign” and carried out without knowledge of the Municipal Council. It may well be that the dismissed official Saadia a. T. has been made a scapegoat for the mayor’s hidden activities. Municipal council members require that full information is provided about the Grey Campaign.

www.elsevierweekblad.nl/nederland/achtergrond/2017/10/saadia-a-t-draaide-op-voor-geheim-project-van-der-laan-554514/

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Euthanasia Clinic Unable to Cope with Requests

The number of requests for euthanasia made to a special clinic for people whose doctors won’t help them die is rising fast.  The organization is looking for an additional 50 staff members.  The director said that the rise in the number of requests for euthanasia is due to the fact that more people want to choose how they die.  The taboo is disappearing.  Amsterdam Free University researcher, Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen, said that requests for euthanasia rose from 13,000 in 2011 to 18,000 in 2016.

www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/10/specialist-euthanasia-clinic-is-unable-to-cope-with-demand/

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Imam who preaches hate expelled from Belgium now preaching in the Netherlands


Imam El-Alami Amaouch was deported from Belgium last year.  Amaouch a Dutch Moroccan citizen is now preaching in The Hague.  This has been confirmed by a spokesperson of that municipality.  A visual recording of one of Amaouch's sermons showed an ISIS flag and it is believed that many of his followers are radicalized Muslims. 


https://nltimes.nl/2017/10/26/controversial-imam-preaching-hague-report

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Extermination Experts: Rats May Cause Medieval Plagues

There is increasing news about the plague of rats in the Netherlands getting out of hand. Experts say that the population of rats is explosively increasing. 88 Dutchmen fell sick last year both in the Netherlands and abroad with the rat sickness also known as the sickness of Weil.  Before 2014, this illness hardly existed in the Netherlands.  It is spread through rat urine that gets into waterways.  A major government study on the rat plague is underway and will be published early next year.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Amsterdam politician: town suffers from a plague of rats…

Carolien de Heer, (Labor) a member of the Amsterdam municipality says that there is a plague of rats and mice in the town.  She added that they multiply in a dirty town.  De Heer now wants to consult other towns abroad how they deal with the problem.  She mentioned in New York research is being done to control the population of rats by feeding them with contraceptives.  This however is not permitted in the Netherlands. 


https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/901845/amsterdam-overspoeld-door-ratten

Monday, October 23, 2017

More Dutch Ammunition found unsafe

Last year unsafe Dutch ammunition led to the death of two soldiers during an exercise in Mali, where the Netherlands has soldiers on a UN peace mission. In the meantime additional ammunition has been declared unsafe. This concerns anti-tank ammunition and smoke grenades which possibly have deteriorated due to the high temperatures in the African country. Furthermore it has been decided that the 81 mm mortars of the Dutch soldiers in Mali and Lithuania present a safety risk and should not be used.
www.ad.nl/binnenland/meer-munitie-nederlandse-militairen-mali-niet-veilig~ada24284/

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dutch Jihadist; husband wanted to commit attack in Netherlands

Laura H is a Dutch woman which appears before a court in the Netherlands.  She left for Syria in 2015.  She told the court that her husband Ibrahim wanted to commit a terrorist attack preferably in the Netherlands.  She said that she became more involved in Islam because “she wanted to belong somewhere.”  She also said that she was under the influence of her violent husband.


https://nltimes.nl/2017/10/12/dutch-jihadist-husband-wanted-commit-attack-netherlands-europe

Thursday, October 19, 2017

More than 6000 people victims of human trafficking

Over 6 thousand people, mainly women, are exploited for prostitution or webcam sex in the Netherlands.  This was said in a new report by Corrine Dettmeijer the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking.  She said that this report is the first "reliable, solid and scientifically substantiated" estimate on this topic.  Dettmeijer also mentioned that most victims are women and a large percentage of them are underage. The new estimates are five times as high as has been assumed until now.


https://nltimes.nl/2017/10/18/human-trafficking-victims-nl-five-times-higher-expected-national-rapporteur

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ombudsman: Children in Groningen Suffer from Earthquakes

The Ombudsman for children, Margrite Kalverboer, concludes that children in the province of Groningen suffer from the consequences of earthquakes.  These earthquakes are the result of the many years of exploration of natural gas in the province.  Children that suffer from this have problems with concentration, are afraid, suffer from sleep disorders, and feel pessimistic about the future.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

National Police unit short of money and manpower


Richard Bronswijk, the chairman of The Central Works Council said that the National Unit of the Dutch Police is in desperate need of money and staff.  He added that it cannot perform its work properly in the current situation.  This results in serious criminals sometimes not being arrested.  He said that the reorganization of the National Police was disastrous and that there is a shortage of 500 men. According to Bronswijk, some departments such as the National Water Police Team, and the Explosive Specialist Department have no idea what they should be doing. 


https://nltimes.nl/2017/10/17/national-police-unit-needs-manpower-money-central-works-council

Monday, October 16, 2017

Experts: Dutch Army Develops Far Too Slowly

Henk Geveke, Director of Defense and Safety of the TNO Technology Institute, is one of the most important advisors to the Dutch army.  He says that the Dutch army is still operating according to technologies of the past.  It will have to invest in current technological know-how to remain ahead of the enemy in future wars. He mentioned that laser weapons, munition from a 3-D printer and invisibility shields for ships are all under development in the world or close to realization.

https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/811340/tno-krijgsmacht-ontwikkelt-zich-veel-te-traag

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Netherlands becomes increasingly a heroin producing country

The official prosecution in The Hague says that there is a trend of the Netherlands becoming a heroin producing country.  This is the result of more strict controls abroad.  Recently, nine suspects of a heroin drug ring from a Turkish family were arrested.  The Netherlands is also increasingly used as a base for heroin trade.  Earlier this year, six people were arrested as they were involved in an international transport of 1100 kilos of heroin. 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dutch Commandos Press Charges against Ministry of Defense

Five members of the Corps Commando are pressing charges against the Ministry of Defense. These concern the death of one of their colleagues at an exercise on a Dutch shooting range last year. The Safety Board has released a report on the incident which is very damaging for the Ministry. The judicial action of the soldiers is unprecedented.
nltimes.nl/2017/10/03/dutch-commandos-press-charges-defense-fatal-shooting-training-range



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fraud? Africa Aid Agency files for Bankruptcy

Dutch International development Minister Liliane Ploumen has ordered an investigation after the finance director of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) has disappeared without trace. 1.6 million Euro are missing from its accounts, possibly due to fraud. All staff at its African offices have been dismissed. AWEPA was founded in 1984 to advise and support democratic parliaments in Africa. Over the years the Dutch government has subsidized AWEPA with 9.5 million Euro. Also other European countries and the European Commission have subsidized the organization.  

www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/10/inquiry-as-e1-6m-goes-missing-from-amsterdam-based-africa-aid-agency/

Monday, October 9, 2017

Former Dutch General: Dutch Defense is Sick and on an IV

Former Dutch Ground Forces Commander, General Mart de Kruif, says that the Dutch defense is sick and on an IV.  Dutch defense has slowly been eroded from within.  There is too little money.  The guidance isn’t functioning and the management isn’t okay.  Just changing the top people has no impact.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Residing Commander in Chief: It Hurts Me Not to Leave the Military in Better Shape

General Tom Middendorp, Commander of the Dutch Military, resigned a few days before the end of his term due to the negative report about the lethal incident in Mali.  Middendorp strongly criticized the cutbacks of military expenses over the past 25 years. He said that he had suggested in vain that the Netherlands invest again in the basic security of the country.  He added, “I would have loved to leave my successor something better.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Minister of Defense and Commander in Chief of Army Resign

Jeanine Hennis, the Dutch Minister of Defense and the Commander in Chief of the Dutch Army General Tom Middendorp have resigned as a result of the very negative investigation report of the deadly incident during an exercise of the Dutch military mission in Mali in 2016. Hennis said that she was politically responsible and that her initial reaction to the report had been awkward.

www.trouw.nl/democratie/hennis-stapt-op-om-dodelijk-mortierongeval-mali~a077a543/

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Deputy Prime Minister: Minister of Defense should resign


Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Labour) said that the conclusions of the investigation into the death of two Dutch soldiers in Mali in 2016, due to faulty ammunition, are sufficiently severe for the Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis to resign.  He added that drawing conclusions is up to her.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Investigation: Ministry of Defense Greatly Failed in Caring for Soldiers in Mali

The Investigation Council for Safety has concluded that the Ministry of Defense has greatly failed in taking care of the safety of Dutch soldiers sent on a mission to Mali.  This concerns both the safety of the mortar grenades used as well as appropriate military health care.  The Council concludes that both issues have been made secondary to the continuation of the mission.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trade Union Leader: 2016 Deaths of Two Dutch Soldiers Due to Defective Grenades


In July 2016, two Dutch soldiers were killed in Mali in an exercise during which a grenade exploded in a mortar.  An investigation now shows that the grenades were defective.  They were purchased ten years ago from Bulgaria for the war in Afghanistan.  Mr. Jean Debi, chairman of the Military Trade Union, VBM, said that the military authorities knew that the grenades used in the exercise were defective.