Croatian 'diplomat' arrested on cocaine charges

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17 February 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A Croatian Foreign Ministry employee was arrested by Dutch police at the Hollands Spoor train station in The Hague for allegedly being in possession of 1kg of cocaine.

17 February 2004

AMSTERDAM —  A Croatian Foreign Ministry employee was arrested by Dutch police at the Hollands Spoor train station in The Hague for allegedly being in possession of 1kg of cocaine.

The Croatian ministry in Zagreb has informed the Netherlands that it will fully co-operate with Dutch authorities to clear the man of all charges, public news service NOS reported on Tuesday.

The man — identified as Bozidar Loncarek, 29 — worked as an administration staff member at the foreign ministry and was carrying a letter at the time of his arrest indicating he was a diplomatic courier.

But a spokesman for the Croatian embassy in The Hague said the letter was forged and that the Loncarek was not travelling with a diplomatic passport. He also said the suspect was not carrying out a diplomatic task at the time of his arrest on Sunday.

The embassy has described the arrest as "annoying" and a staff member was to visit Loncarek, who is being detained in an Amsterdam jail cell, on Tuesday afternoon.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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