A look at news that made the headlines in The Hague and surrounding areas this week.
Dutch daily, the Algemen Dagblad today devotes its front page to the Brexit referendum with an emphatic plea: ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. The article implores the British not to leave the EU. ‘They may be a right pain, but we don’t want to be and can’t do without them.’ In an open letter the AD says that an EU without the UK is line tea without milk – bitter. ‘This is your neighbour calling, please don’t leave us,’ the article reads.
A man who served eight years in jail and psychiatric prison for a murder committed in 1981 has finally been acquitted by judges in The Hague, news agency ANP reports. Martien Hunnik was jailed in 1984 for shooting record producer Bart van der Laar on the basis of a confession in what become known as the showbiz murder. The Supreme Court last year ordered a retrial saying there was evidence the confession was untrustworthy. Hunnik’s lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops said after the hearing that the courts should be aware that a confession without any back-up could never be grounds for a conviction. Hunnik said after the verdict that he felt like a free man. ‘I’ve been waiting for these words for 33 years.’
It is not yet known what may have caused the death of a The Hague honeymoon couple, Jeroen Venema and Michou Earl , who died in the Dominican Republic last weekend, regional radio station Omroep West reports. A spokesman for Foreign Affairs, says that an autopsy has been carried out but that the results are not available yet. The couple was on an excursion on the island of Saona when they returned to their hotel because they both felt ill. The honeymoon couple were taken to a private clinic but died a few hours later. Family of the couple are on their way to hear the outcome of the forensic investigation.
Queen Elizabeth has lent the Mauritshuis in The Hague 22 paintings. The collection includes the works of famous Dutch painters such as Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gariel Metsu and Jan Steen, Den Haag FM reports. The director of the popular museum, Emilie Gordenker says it is a great honour to house this collection, the highlight of which is the ‘Music Lesson’ by Johannes Vermeer.
Tens of thousands of fans turned up for the Bruce Springsteen concert at the Malieveld in The Hague yesterday. Although showers were forecast earlier, the dry weather held but concert goers had to cope with a good deal of mud in the run-up to and during the concert. One local fan said he was attending his 27th Bruce Springsteen concert. More on this in DutchBuzz Podcast 06/14/2016 .
The first barrel of herring of the new season was auctioned for 90.000 euros yesterday afternoon. The funds will go to a children’s charity. Supermarket chain Plus Retail will pay the sum to Stichting Het Vergeten Kind (Foundation The Forgotten Child), that looks after children who cannot grow up with their parents.
The local branch of the christian-democratic party CDA wants the windmill in Loosduinen to start turning again, Omroep West reports. Windmill De Korenaer has not been used since 2013 when the former miller left. According to the CDA there are enough volunteers prepared to help to reactivate the windmill. The Loosduinen landmark was built in 1721 and has been the property of the municipality since 1925.