Dutch minister apologises for invasive Schiphol check

27th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

A custom officer tried to pat down a Surinamese minister’s genital area after a metal detector kept going off.

The Hague – Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin apologised to a Surinamese minister for the invasive body search he had to undergo at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

A spokesperson for the ministry confirmed Ballin has formally apologised to Natural Resources Minister Gregory Rusland but did not reveal details on what happened during the customs search.

According to de Telegraaf, the Surinamese minister had already removed his belt but kept setting off the alarm at a security gate.

A custom officer then tried to pat down his genital area but was stopped by Rusland. The minister was angry, but did not kick up a fuss as he did not want to miss his flight.

Rusland was en route from Kenya via Amsterdam to Paramaribo. The metal detector is later reported to have been set off by his shoes.

The incident was not part of Amsterdam's Schiphol airports 100 percent checks on passengers from Suriname to prevent drug smuggling.

Suriname officials have complained about the 100-percent checks for years as they consider them to be disrespectful.

A majority of Dutch MPs think the drug checks on air passengers from Suriname should be conducted in a more dignified way.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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