Friday 18 October 2019

Father of the farmhouse mystery family is arrested, investigation continues

Father of the farmhouse mystery family is arrested, investigation continues

Drenthe police have arrested a second person in their investigation into the mysterious family found on a remote farmhouse in Ruinerwold – the 67-year-old man described as the father of the group. He was picked up on Thursday night and is suspected of depriving others of their liberty, possibly endangering their health and money laundering. The money laundering charge stems from the large quantity of cash found on the farm, even though he had no job and no social security... More >

Jihadi brides in court to be brought home

A group of Dutch female jihadis and their children are taking the Dutch state to court in an effort to force their removal from prison camps in northern Syria. The 23 women and 55 children are being kept in two camps and their campaign to be brought back to the Netherlands is supported by five law firms, broadcaster NOS reported. The case will be heard on November 1. The court documents say that by not bringing the women back, the... More >

Roompot holiday parks for sale: FD

French investment house PAI Partners is in the process of selling the Dutch holiday park group Roompot Vakanties for some €1bn, including debts, the Financieele Dagblad said on Friday. A sale would mean the company has changed hands for the third time in 10 years. PAI bought Roompot from Dutch investment house Gilde Buy Out Partners in mid 2016 for almost €600m. The sale process will start next year and there is considerable interest from other investment groups, sources close... More >

BN Amro credit card holders face ID checks

Three million people with an ICS credit card will have to go through a new identity check as part of ABN Amro’s efforts to get compliance with anti-money laundering rules up to scratch. International Card Services, which is part of ABN Amro, is asking all clients to reconfirm their identities and while an online procedure is being prepared, this currently has to be done in person, the Volkskrant said on Friday. ICS is contacting clients by mail and letter and... More >

Biros banned from Amsterdam pavements

The shiny black electric cars known as Biros, which dot the pavements in well-heeled parts of Amsterdam, face new rules from January 1, the city council has decided. From January 1, Biros must have a number plate, will be banned from the bike lanes, and must park in legal parking spaces, the Volkskrant reported on Friday. Drivers who continue to park on the pavement face fines of €95. People with physical disabilities to adapt their Biros for use as invalid... More >

Cult connection to farmhouse family

The family found living in isolation on a remote farmhouse in Drenthe may have been members or former members of the South Korean ‘Moonie’ cult, Dutch media said on Thursday afternoon. Josef B, the man charged with keeping the family on the farm against their will, was also a member of the cult, and this is how they knew each other, sources told local broadcaster RTV Drenthe. The family became involved in the Unification Church cult, led by the reverend... More >

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