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Report: UK taxpayer hands £6 million a year to charities linked to Islamic extremism, figure “likely only tip of the iceberg”

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “The review found that while a small number of extremist organisations received a significant proportion of their income from abroad, the majority did not, leading to the conclusion that ‘a comprehensive approach focused particularly on domestic sources of support for all forms of extremism is needed’.”
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    Dutch Police Union report: Country turning into ‘narco-state’, less than 20% of victims file complaints, only 20% of crimes are examined

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Only 1 in 9 criminal groups can be confronted with the present available manpower and means.”

    “‘The last 25 years, I have seen small-time dealers grow into large contractors who have good contacts in politics, and into so-called respected investors,’ (Bert, detective)”

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    “French prisons under Islamist control” – A worrying report on the strike by prison guards who feel they’re losing control

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Prison guard: “It used to be, that I was afraid every morning of finding a prisoner who had hanged himself in his cell. Nowadays, I’m afraid that someone cuts my throat, decapitates me, sticks a knife in my back – in the name of Islamic State. That’s a fear I carry with me every working day.”
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    Gambian asylum seeker suspected of raping two German women, attempted rape of two more. Claims he was a minor to reduce sentence 

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • During trial, the suspect, an asylum seeker from Gambia living in Germany since 2014, kept silent. During the second day of trial only two witnesses, a magistrate and a police commissioner gave evidence. The last two reported on the interrogation of the suspect on the day he was apprehended. At the time, he claimed he couldn’t remember having raped any women. This led to cynical comments by the witnesses of him having had to have been very drunk indeed.
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    In trial of Paris terrorist attack that killed 130 people, defense counsel asks for dismissal over linguistic technicality as defendant has proceedings translated into Arabic

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • However, during the trial, Abdeslam’s defense counsel, Sven Mary, sought the case’s dismissal over a technicality. Mary explained that the top counter-terror judge should have issued the document naming the judges in Dutch, not in French, because he serves in a Dutch-language court in Brussels. Therefore, Mary concluded, the “whole case” against both Abdeslam and Ayari “must be thrown out”.
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    EU task force to clamp down on ‘fake news’, but can’t define it. Calls EU control stamp for news “an option” 

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “A topic where we need to balance: balance rights, balance the freedom of information on the one hand, but on the other hand the right to receive transparent fact-checked and pluralistic information. (…) We really need to be pro-active here and not wait until things really are going wrong. Thank you for all the trust you’ve put in us and we will really do our utmost to take it to some next steps.”
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    “A trained combatant willing to die a martyr”, says police investigation of Syrian migrant vandalising Dutch Jewish restaurant

  • By: Timon Dias
  • “The by now released Syrian born suspect declared during his police hearing that in the future he’s willing to apply more violence to reach his goals. He also declared he would not mind dying for his cause and in his statement glorifies martyrdom.”
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    Belgian train evacuated after “foreign origin youths” repeatedly pull emergency brakes. Driver recalls violent event

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “We have been humiliated, insulted, threatened, physically assaulted, (…) verbally abused, prevented from doing our job (…). We tried to do our best to inform everybody as best we could during this, that’s what I call it anyway, hostage situation. (…) What sort of society have we been lead in?”
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