Criminal paradise 'set to blossom'

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7 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands is a logistical paradise for criminals and the opening of the Betuwelijn freight railway will open new possibilities for the transport of drugs and weapons deeper into Europe, two top Dutch police officials have claimed.

7 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands is a logistical paradise for criminals and the opening of the Betuwelijn freight railway will open new possibilities for the transport of drugs and weapons deeper into Europe, two top Dutch police officials have claimed.

According to the chief commissioners of the recently-established Nationale Recherche (National Criminal Investigation Department), Johan van Kastel and Joop van Riessen, criminals misuse harbours, airports and railways on a large scale for the transport of illegal goods.

Both men said between 80 and 90 percent of illegal trade is destined for foreign countries and current inspections are seriously inadequate, newspaper Het Parool reported on Thursday.

Meanwhile, concerns have been expressed in recent years about East European crime gangs setting up shop in the Netherlands to smuggle women, guns, drugs and other goods around the globe.

And in its recent memorandum focusing on the fight against organised crime, the new crime department — which became operational this summer after being set up to combat organised crime, terrorism and the drugs trade — highlighted the misuse of logistical transport routes.

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