Arabic interpreters to yield terror tips
29 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Dutch crime stopper telephone line has employed Arabic interpreters to cope with the flood of calls over suspected Islamic terrorism.
29 November 2004
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch crime stopper telephone line has employed Arabic interpreters to cope with the flood of calls over suspected Islamic terrorism.
Since the murder of Theo van Gogh earlier this month, the Meld Misdaad Anoniem (0800-7000) service has been inundated with tips over possible terrorist activities, suspicious premises and explosives depots.
Hundreds of tips has been phoned through to the anonymous crime reporting line and some of the calls have involved very definite information, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
The service hopes the employment of Arabic interpreters will yield more information from the Moroccan community. Security services are convinced that the initiative will result in more useful tips about Islamic extremists.
The interpreters started work on Monday and can speak the languages of northern Africa and the Berber language. It is hoped that useful tips are not missed due to language problems and the initiative is a co-operative project between Amsterdam-Amstelland police and the crime stopper line.
Posters will be placed around the city of Amsterdam and brochures will be distributed to draw attention to the initiative. It is expected that the information campaign will be applied nationwide.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news