Dutch news in brief, 1 February 2005

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Iraq elections 'justify invasion'

Iraq elections 'justify invasion'

The US-led invasion of Iraq could be justified if Iraq becomes democratic and safe, Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot said on Monday. He also said the Iraqi elections were "an encouraging sign" and that the elections show democracy is possible in the Middle East region, news service NIS reported. The Netherlands gave political, but not military support to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. Meanwhile, vote counting from the three Dutch polling stations was completed on Tuesday. The results will be sent to a secure website in Jordan, which will then send the results of polling in 13 other nations to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The outcome will be known mid-February.

Childcare group guilty in baby's death

Rotterdam Court declared on Monday the KORN foundation is guilty of culpable homicide over the death of a baby, the first ruling of its kind against a Dutch childcare organisation. The baby girl died in August 2003 after becoming wedged between the base and the side of a cot at one of the foundation's crèches. The court found that the childcare centre was aware that the bed was faulty and ordered it pay a fine of EUR 5,000 and a further EUR 15,000 if serious incidents occur again in the next two years. The foundation's insurer has already paid compensation to the girl's parents, newspaper Trouw reported.

Pupils start on Cito exams

Some 163,000 Dutch primary school pupils started on the Cito exams on Tuesday. The end of primary school exams help gauge a child's education level and determine what stream of secondary education they will follow. Children at more than 6,400 schools will answer 200 multiple choice questions on language, maths and study skills. The exams will take three days to complete and results will be known in February. About 85 percent of schools take part in the Cito exams.

Men robbed in sex scam

Dozens of men across the Netherlands have been robbed after responding to an advertisement by a fake escort service in Rotterdam. Instead of a rendezvous with a female escort who never showed up, the men were robbed of their cash at a pre-arranged meeting place. Police claim the men were robbed with extreme violence and some were robbed of hundreds of euros in cash. The first report was lodged with police in October 2003. Police have arrested four people, but have not ruled out further arrests.

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