Court slaps attachment order on Dutch frigate
27 March 2006, AMSTERDAM - A court imposed an attachment order during the weekend on a Dutch frigate which is due to be handed over to the Chilean navy.
27 March 2006
AMSTERDAM - A court imposed an attachment order during the weekend on a Dutch frigate which is due to be handed over to the Chilean navy.
The order stems from a long-running legal dispute between the government in Santiago and a private company.
The Dutch frigates, Witte de With and Tjerk Hiddes, are currently being refitted at the Dutch naval base in Den Helder before they go into service with the Chilean navy. Chile bought four frigates for EUR 350 million from the Netherlands. Two of the vessels were delivered last year.
A spokesperson for the Dutch navy said Chile could rest assured the remaining two vessels will be delivered as agreed. "This issue relates to a civil judicial question of which the Dutch State has no part," he said.
The attachment order was obtained by a company called Azeta that has been in dispute with the Chilean government since 1979 in relation to the leasing of land in the southern province of Chiloé. Initially the company sought damages equal to USD 15 million, but over the years this figure has risen to USD 61 million.
The judge imposed an order on the bank accounts operated by the Chilean Embassy in the Netherlands some time ago, but this has since been rescinded.
The court action has nothing to do with the scandal involving the Tjerk Hiddes this month when a female crew member made accusations of rape, sexual assault and drug use among the Dutch crew.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news