Dutch news in brief, 1 July 2005

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Woman suspected of killing son

Woman suspected of killing son

A woman, 47, from Winterswijk in Gelderland province was arrested in her home on Thursday evening on suspicion of killing her son, 6. The police are investigating whether she intentionally killed the boy or whether his death was an accident. The cause of death has not been revealed. The woman lived alone with her son. The father discovered the boy in critical condition on Thursday and called an ambulance. Attempts to revive the boy were unsuccessful.

Wilders complains about rap song threat

Independent right-wing MP Geert Wilders has lodged a police report claiming his life has again been threatened on the internet. This time the complaint refers to a song by rappers Youssef and Kamal. The text of the song on the internet refers to the MP being brought to a cellar to be tortured before being killed. On previous occasions the courts have dealt with others who have threatened the anti-immigration politician on the internet and in leaflets.

Dutch money to shut Russian reactors

The Netherlands has donated a million euros to the US-led programme to dismantle the last three plutonium nuclear reactors in Russia. The reactors were built as power stations but the plutonium can be used to make nuclear weapons. A new conventional power station will be built in their place. Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot and US Ambassador Clifford M. Sobel signed a memorandum of agreement on the financial contribution on Thursday.

Arrests in internet piracy operation

Three people have been arrested in the Netherlands as part of an international crackdown on Internet piracy, Radio Netherlands reported on Friday. They allegedly made films, music and software available for free downloading on the Internet, creating so-called warez communities. The international sting operation included raids on 90 locations in 11 countries, including the United States, Germany, France, Canada and Australia. Three undercover American FBI agents took part in the searches in the Netherlands.

Truckers drove for 28 hours

Two Slovenian truck drivers have been fined a total of EUR 2,500 by Dutch police in Duiven after they were found to have been driving for 28 hours without a proper break. The men, aged 27 and 52, paid the fines in cash and were banned from going back on the road for eight hours.

Body in burning car

A body was found in a burning car on an exit road from Maastricht on Friday. Forensic experts are examining the scene but the police have refused to say anything about the victim's identity at this stage.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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