A look at news that made the headlines in The Hague and surrounding areas this week.
And now for a look at what made the news in The Hague this week:
A former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, was sentenced to 18 years in prison today. Judges of the International Criminal Court in The Hague imposed the sentence for murder, rape and pillaging. The war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed in 2002 and 2003 by forces under Bemba’s command in the neighbouring Central African Republic. We’ll be telling you more about this landmark case later in programme.
A man who triggered a security scare at Schiphol airport in April, when he said he was a terrorist, has been fined 500 euro. The incident happened shortly after the Brussels attacks, when airports were on high alert. The man, who was drunk at the time, has apologised for the disruption he caused.
A RandstadRail tram was evacuated in Zoetermeer after an unidentified substance was found. One passenger sustained burns and was taken to hospital. Omroep West reports that the Fire Brigade checked the tram and that an ‘acid like substance’ was found. Police are looking into the incident.
The Municipality of The Hague will be providing extra security for 2200 rental apartments in the city. The municipality, Ministry of Security and Justice and four housing corporations will be funding the anti-burglary measures to the tune of two million euros. Burglars have been able to enter homes by forcing locks recently. The aim is to eventually equip 25000 homes in high risk areas with an anti-break-in device.
The organisers of ParkPop have started building the stages for Saturday’s Night At The Park performances in Zuiderpark in The Hague. Bands that will be playing include Di-Rect, Anastacia, Holly Johnson and Wet Wet Wet. On Sunday, the music will continue with Typhoon, Marky Ramone, Emmaly Brown, SFB, Jett Rebel, De Kraaien and Billy Ocean.
The Dutch dietary advice bureau, the Voedingscentrum, says it hopes to prohibit soft drinks containing sugar at primary schools. ‘We will try to involve the parents too,’ said the director of a local school, John Verhoeff. ‘Healthier and fitter children perform better. We are trying to make water more sexy’ he added.