Dutch news in brief, 1 March 2006

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Amsterdam Weekly marks 100th issue

Amsterdam Weekly marks 100th issue

Free English-language cultural paper Amsterdam Weekly published its 100th issue on Wednesday in a special comics issue exploring ‘The Past, Present and Future of Amsterdam’. Publisher Todd Savage said the contributors included some of the city’s top cartoonists, Femke Hiemstra, Typex, Erik Kriek and Wasco. The issue is being curated by Tonio van Vugt, one of the founders of the influential Dutch comics journal Zone 5300. One of the cartoon views of the future, drawn by Amsterdam artist Wasco, is a mock tourist board poster hyping "The Drowned City of Amsterdam." The Amsterdam Weekly was launched in March 2004 and is distributed to nearly 600 locations in both the centre and outlying areas.

Van Persie ponders suing over rape claim

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is considering seeking damages from Sandra K, the woman who accused him of raping her in a hotel room in Rotterdam in June 2005, his lawyer Abraham Moszkowicz has said. The Rotterdam footballer admitted having sex with her but said it was consensual. The prosecution service announced on Tuesday it was dropping the case because investigators could not find evidence to support the woman's claim. "Sandra K. has always lied," Moszkowicz said, "As a result she has damaged Van Persie's reputation. He is very well known, so that is very expensive."

'Customs officers' steal plasma TVs

For the first time in the Netherlands robbers have pretended to be custom officers to steal goods from a truck. Two men, not in uniform but with fake Customs Service identification cards, stopped a  Turkish driver at the border crossing near Venlo. One of the men produced a gun and forced the driver to go to Blerick. He was kept hostage there while accomplices took the plasma screens he was transporting.

Links site shut over games' copyright

The American Entertainment Software Association (ESA) secured the closure last week of  Dutch website Releases4u, which offered links to illegal copies of computer games. The managers of the website announced on Wednesday the web-hosting service in the US has closed it temporarily. A final decision will be taken when the Dutch clients explain whether the page is in breach of copyright laws. Releases4u has been in the wars before. It reappeared on the net in December, a year after the Dutch tax investigation unit FIOD-ECD shut it. ESA said the Dutch site was one of the largest suppliers of illegal music, films and software.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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