The alleged ringleader of a Dutch crime organization dubbed by prosecutors as an “oiled killing machine,” was arrested in Dubai Monday and flown back to the Netherlands, authorities said Thursday. Ridouan Taghi, 41, who was one of the Netherland’s most-wanted criminals, had been on the run for years. He now faces trial for allegedly ordering a string of gangland slayings and attempted hits.
A nine-year-old boy who was set to become the world’s youngest ever graduate has quit his university following a row over his graduation date. The Belgian boy – who has an IQ of 145 – was due to complete his studies before the end of the year. But the university has now told Laurent and his parents that the target is no longer feasible because of the number of exams he still needs to finish.
The daytime speed limit on Dutch roads is to be cut to 100km/h (62mph) in a bid to tackle a nitrogen oxide pollution crisis, according to cabinet sources widely quoted by Dutch media. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was a “rotten measure” but necessary. The existing limit of up to 130km/h will still be permitted at night.
A second man has been arrested in connection with the family of six who were discovered on Monday, after being locked away on an isolated Dutch farm for nine years. The second arrest followed a Dutch court extending the detention period of the first suspect, Josef B., following an appearance in court on Thursday.
Dutch police have arrested a man they call the main suspect in a shooting that left three people dead and five others wounded on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday. Police arrested Gokmen Tanis, 37, who was born in Turkey. A motive for the shooting remains unclear; police have said they were investigating a “possible terrorist motive” for the attack, but reports have also emerged that the shooting might have its roots in a family dispute.
A gunman has opened fire inside a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, killing one person and injuring several others, reports say. The area in the west of the city has been cordoned off by authorities, and emergency services are at the scene. Authorities said the gunman is still at large. Police have asked people to stay away from the area and schools to keep their doors closed. They say they are investigating a “possible terrorist motive”.
Emile Ratelband a 69-year-old Dutch man is suing to be allowed to legally change his birth certificate to reflect that he is 20 years younger than his real age. Ratelband cited the fact that people are eligible to change their name and gender in his argument. Ratelband hopes to boost his online dating prospects.
Seven men were arrested on suspicion of planning an extremist attack in the Netherlands on Thursday. Authorities carried out a month-long investigation after the Dutch intelligence tipped off the Police about the plot. The attack was planned for a large event to cause multiple casualties. Authorities believe the terror plot would have been performed with AK-47 guns, grenades, and a car bomb.
A Netherlands court rejected the request of 69-year-old Emile Ratelband to take 20 years off his official age on Monday. Ratelband argued changing his official age would improve his prospects in job searches and on Tinder. The court rejected the claim saying the change would result in ‘undesirable legal and societal implications.’