When Stefan Koning, who has a history of psychosis, was found guilty of threatening a stranger with a knife, a long custodial sentence might have felt like the only answer. In fact, after a short spell in jail, he is back at his home in Amsterdam. “Bob is a character from Twin Peaks, a murderer who creeps into the skin of innocent people and makes them do terrible things like murder,” says Koning. “There’s a Bob in me who says ‘kill this person’, that sort of thing. If I take my medicines, Bob is quiet.” Koning is a beneficiary of a growing tendency in the Netherlands to avoid jailing people unless it is necessary. One key aspect of this is a prodigious programme of care in the community for people with psychiatric problems. “We work on two aims: number one, preventing another crime, and then on psychiatric suffering and the social problems that come with it,” says Hommo Folkerts, a forensic psychologist and outreach worker who … [Read more...] about Why are there so few prisoners in the Netherlands?
As the first coffin was lowered from the planes on the runway, silence fell over Eindhoven military airport. The only sound came from a row of flags whipping in the wind at half mast. Almost a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot from the skies above Ukraine, 40 bodies arrived on Wednesday in the Netherlands, the country that bore the heaviest toll in the crash. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, joined about 1,000 relatives and friends of the victims, who gathered at the airport for a ceremony receiving the two military transport planes. A lone trumpeter played the Last Post as troops in dress uniform saluted then carried the wooden caskets to a row of hearses. They drove from the airport under military police escort to an army barracks in the central city of Hilversum where forensic experts were waiting to begin the painstaking task of identifying the remains. Crowds gathered on bridges along the 65-mile route to throw flowers … [Read more...] about Netherlands mourns as bodies of MH17 plane crash victims are flown home
The Netherlands wants to cover up its own mistakes in the investigation of the 2014 Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash over eastern Ukraine, as it accuses Russia of letting Vladimir Tsemakh, a former Donbas militia commander and a suspect in the case, return to eastern Ukraine after being swapped under a Moscow-Kiev agreement on a detainee exchange, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on Thursday. "It is obvious that such a selective approach to working with information does not allow the investigation to move forward and keeps it at a standstill. And the so-called successes that were announced at a press conference of the Joint Investigation Team [JIT] on 19 June are actually quite doubtful — we talked about this at different levels — and are subject to justified criticism from experts and representatives of some states," Zakharova stated. The spokeswoman suggested that JIT's accusations against Russia are a part of its strategy to cover up its own … [Read more...] about The Netherlands Seeks to Hide Faults in MH17 Probe by Making Claims Against Russia – Moscow
Email By Amy Bainbridge Updated December 12, 2019 06:29:24 Photo: Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice the situation in Rakhine was complex and not easy to fathom. (Reuters: Yves Herman) Related Story: Suu Kyi says genocide case brought against Myanmar 'misleading' Related Story: From international celebrity to global pariah. What happened to Aung San Suu Kyi? Related Story: It created the biggest refugee camp in the world, now the mass deportation of Rohingya will be investigated Map: Gambia Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi has launched a staunch defence of her country's military, denying accusations of genocide against its minority Muslim Rohingya community. Key points:Ms Suu Kyi accused Gambia of giving an "incomplete and misleading factual picture" of the situation in Rakhine StateMs Suu Kyi's lawyer said Gambia had failed to give a figure of how many Rohingya had been killedHuman rights groups said Ms Suu Kyi failed to … [Read more...] about Aung San Suu Kyi denies genocide, says Rohingya Muslims caught up in armed internal conflict
AlphaBay and Hansa – two of the largest “dark web” marketplaces for illegal and illicit items such as drugs and guns – have been shut down, the US Justice Department said on Thursday. Police in the US and Europe, including the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police, partnered to shutter the sites accused of allowing thousands of vendors to sell illegal drugs, of which Europol said there were 250,000 listings on AlphaBay alone, with 200,000 members and 40,000 vendors. The sites operated on the Tor network, which helps users browse the internet anonymously. Visitors to the online marketplaces paid through digital currencies such as Bitcoin. AlphaBay mysteriously went offline earlier this month fuelling suspicions among users that law enforcement action had taken place. It was widely considered the biggest online black market for drugs, estimated to host daily transactions totalling hundreds of … [Read more...] about Dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa shut down