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Dutch court won’t send back British drugs trafficker, citing prison conditions

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Dutch judges have refused to extradite a British drugs smuggler to the UK because of their concerns about the state of a British jail. The man, who had been living in Spain, was the subject of a European arrest warrant issued in Liverpool in 2017 on charges of trafficking heroin and cocaine, and was picked up in the Netherlands. The ... Read More »

Better Managers Make Companies More Productive


Industrial companies with a higher quality of management perform better – they have higher productivity and more international activities than companies with lower quality management, according to a study done by the University of Groningen and Statistics Netherlands at the request of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The University of Groningen and Rabobank measured the quality of management ... Read More »

Abn Amro Expects 10% More Bankruptcies This Year


Economic growth in the Netherlands will slow down this year, and that will affect businesses, according to ABN Amro. The bank’s economists expect the Dutch economy to grow by 1.4 percent this year, almost half the growth 2018 saw. And the number of bankruptcies, excluding sole traders, will increase by 10 percent, ABN Amro expects, NU.nl reports. The lower economic ... Read More »

Dutch state railway formally winds up Irish tax avoidance structure


The Dutch state railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), has moved to formally wind up a Dublin-based company structure that had been the subject of fierce controversy in its home country over tax avoidance. Its Dutch parent group has appointed restructuring practitioner Eamonn Richardson of KPMG as liquidator to two Irish train-leasing companies that were at the heart of the long-running tax ... Read More »

3 Arrested In Netherlands For Laundering Over $1 Billion For Indian Firm


THE HAGUE: Dutch investigators have arrested three former employees of a local company suspected of laundering some $1.2 billion for an energy client in India, prosecutors said Friday. The Dutch company bought materials and services around the world for the Indian firm which has been involved in laying a gas pipeline on the subcontinent since 2006. “It is suspected that ... Read More »

Drug ring suspected of smuggling 13kg cocaine from Netherlands to Finland

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Police have concluded a pre-trial investigation into a group of smugglers they suspect of importing 13kg of cocaine into Finland from the Netherlands. Police said they seized more than 800g of cocaine during the probe. Police suspect that the cocaine was smuggled from the Netherlands to the southern Finnish city of Tampere. The drug was mainly distributed in Tampere, but ... Read More »

Dutch firms agree to create 3,500 jobs for refugees in two years


Fifteen large Dutch employers, including Shell, ING, Philips and construction company Dura Vermeer have agreed to create 3,500 permanent jobs for refugees in the Netherlands and abroad over the next two years, the Financieele Dagblad said on Tuesday. In addition, the firms are starting a string of initiatives to help a further 10,000 refugees improve their prospects to get a ... Read More »

Panama Papers generate €8m for Dutch treasury – so far

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The Panama Papers – millions of documents about offshore entities leaked in April 2016 – have generated €8m in extra taxes and fines for the Dutch treasury, Trouw said. So far, the tax office has identified some 500 individuals and companies with links to the documents, which came from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, the paper said. The information has ... Read More »

An expat’s guide to safely filing the 2019 Dutch Income Tax returns


The tax return deadline is around the corner, and that means it is also the right time to brush up on your knowledge related to the changes introduced this year in the tax code. The timeframe for submitting income tax returns in the Netherlands depends on your situation. In many cases resident taxpayers need to file their returns by 30 ... Read More »

“Large batch” cocaine found at rotterdam fruit company


On Monday customs officers found a “large batch” of cocaine at the office building of a Rotterdam fruit company on Keilestraat, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement. The drugs were hidden in a banana shipment from Ecuador, according to the Prosecutor. In a number of pallets full of banana boxes, the fruit was replaced by packages of cocaine. The ... Read More »

1,500 kilos of cocaine seized in international drug bust; 14 arrested


The Dutch and Belgian police seized 1,500 kilograms of cocaine at the port of Antwerp. The cocaine, hidden in a banana shipment, was intended for a company in Kapelle. 14 men were arrested at the company, the police said in a statement. On Monday a police SWAT team raided the company in Kapelle, after the truck that contained the cocaine ... Read More »

Dutch Father, Sons Arrested In International Cocaine Bust


A Dutch father and his two sons were arrested in Belgium and Spain over the past weeks for smuggling 3,300 kilograms of cocaine into the Netherlands through the port of Antwerp. The cocaine was seized in a warehouse in Hazeldonk in January 2017. All three suspects have been extradited to the Netherlands and are in custody, the police said in ... Read More »

Drug criminal, daughter hurt in attempted assassination in amstelveen

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A 55-year-old man and his 17-year-old daughter were injured in a shooting in Amstelveen afternoon. The injured man has a criminal record and is suspected of cocaine trafficking and money laundering, according to broadcaster NOS. The shooting happened at around 12:00 p.m. on Grote Wielen in Westwijk. The two victims were taken to hospital. Both were conscious and able to ... Read More »

HK$10 million ketamine haul in air parcels from Germany and the Netherlands marks new smuggling trend

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About HK$10 million (US$1.3 million) worth of ketamine concealed in food packages was found air mailed from Germany and the Netherlands over five weeks this year, prompting Hong Kong authorities to boost intelligence exchange with European forces. The total haul of 20kg marked a new smuggling trend for the drug – a switch from traditional sources such as mainland China ... Read More »

Dutch customs seize 90,000 bottles of vodka believed to be for Kim Jong-un


Dutch customs officials at the port of Rotterdam have seized 90,000 bottles of vodka believed to be destined for the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and his army chiefs. The discovery, on the eve of Kim’s two-day summit with Donald Trump in Hanoi, was made after Dutch authorities flagged up the suspicious route and records of a Chinese-owned container ship, ... Read More »

Five years on, Uber settles Dutch UberPop case for €2.3m


Taxi agency Uber has reached a €2.025m out of court settlement with the Dutch public prosecution office for operating its illegal UberPop service in the Netherlands in 2014 and 2015. The UberPop option allows private individuals to operate as taxis, but this is illegal under Dutch law. The company has also agreed to hand over the €309,409 it earned from ... Read More »

Millions of Euros confiscated during police raids in hague neigborhood


During raids in dozens of apartments in The Hague neighborhood of Ypenburg on Tuesday morning, the police confiscated millions of euros in cash, five firearms, narcotics and 14 cars. A total of 18 people were arrested, the police said in a statement. The police raided a total of 35 locations in Ypenburg, Rijswijk, Zoetermeer, Nootdorp and one location in Rotterdam. ... Read More »

France, the Netherlands make up after Air France-KLM share purchase


The Netherlands and France have issued a joint statement confirming their determination to make the Air France-KLM combo ‘the best airline in the world’. Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra was in Paris on Friday morning for talks following his surprise announcement earlier this week that the Netherlands had bought a stake in the airline holding company to secure the country’s ... Read More »

Dutch seize 90,000 bottles of vodka they say were heading for North Korea


Some 90,000 bottles of vodka found in a container on a Chinese freight ship were destined for North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and his army chiefs, the AD said on Tuesday. The find was made last Thursday and on Friday the Dutch foreign affairs ministry gave officials the green light to seize the shipment, which came from Russia. The official ... Read More »

Thirteen arrested for exporting drugs to Scandinavia


The police arrested 12 people in the Netherlands for involvement in the production and export of drugs to Scandinavia. A 13th suspect was arrested in Peer, Belgium. The suspects are 12 men and a woman between the ages of 32 and 16 years. They were arrested on Monday, but the police only announced the arrests. The police searched buildings in ... Read More »