Sunday 25 September 2022

Cocaine hidden among asparagus and guitars

Customs officers have uncovered 1.5 tonnes of cocaine hidden in asparagus and a consignment of guitars at Rotterdam port. The first haul involved 450 kilos of the drug, hidden in asparagus which was on its way to Spain. Officials say they expect the cocaine would have been removed from the container in Rotterdam. The second shipment had been hidden in a consignment of guitars from America and were destined for a Dutch company. Customs officers say they think the drug... More >

Underworld 'threats' for Amalia and Rutte

Security has been stepped up around the heir to the throne, princess Amalia, and prime minister Mark Rutte because of concerns they could be targeted by organised criminals, the Telegraaf reported. Amalia has delayed moving in to her student accommodation in Amsterdam, where she is studying Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics, after her name and the prime minister’s cropped up in intercepted messages, the newspaper said on Saturday. The government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst said it did not comment on security... More >

Jumbo boss released from custody

The head of supermarket group Jumbo has been released from custody but remains a suspect in a wide-ranging investigation into money laundering. Frits van Eerd was one of of nine people arrested following police raids on Tuesday but was let out at the weekend. ‘Frits is back with his family,’ Jumbo said in a short statement. ‘This has been a difficult time for everyone… we will discuss the situation carefully in the coming days,’ the family-owned firm said. Van Eerd... More >

Jumbo boss remains in custody

The head of supermarket group Jumbo remains in custody while an investigation into potential money laundering continues, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Friday. Frits van Eerd is one of eight people being held following police raids on Tuesday. One 33-year-old man has been released but remains a suspect, the public prosecution department said. Van Eerd is being questioned as part of a major investigation into money laundering and tax fraud, but is not the main suspect, the FD said. That... More >

Man, 61, arrested for threatening Rutte

A 61-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly threatening prime minister Mark Rutte, police have confirmed. The man was arrested on Friday in Amsterdam, though he has since been released after police were satisfied he was not planning an attack on Rutte’s life. He remains under suspicion. ‘Our enquiries established that there was no question of an attempt to commit an attack on Mark Rutte,’ a spokesman told AD reported that police have charged another man, Yavoz O. from... More >