Dutch news in brief, 10 August 2006

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Rwandan arrested for mass murder

Rwandan arrested for mass murder

The National Detective Service (Nationale Recherche) arrested 38-year-old Rwandan man Joseph M. in Amsterdam last Monday on suspicion of involvement in mass murder in his native land. M.'s brother Obed R. has been jailed for 25 years in Rwanda for his role in the genocide in the Kibuye region in 1994. M. is accused of being a member of the Interahamwe militia responsible for the the mass killings of hundreds of thousands of people, mostly from the Tutsi tribe.

Dutch give EUR 20m to fight Aids

The Dutch Ministry of Health has given EUR 20 million to the United Nations to combat Aids and HIV among drug users in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation. Infections rates in these regions have risen sharply. The Ministry said up to 75 percent of drug users in some countries are living with Aids or HIV.

Stroller finds corpse on highway

A person out walking found a body in woods next to the A50 in Beekbergen, near Apeldoorn in the early hours of Thursday morning. The corpse was in an advanced stage of decomposition. "It is not yet known whether it is a man or a woman, given the state of the body," a police spokesperson said. The National Forensic Institute is carrying out tests to clarify the person's identity and establish whether foul play was involved.

Junior minister leaving politics

Melanie Schultz van Haegen said on a radio programme on Wednesday that she will not be available for selection by the Liberal Party (VVD) for a place in Cabinet after the election in November. She has been junior minister (staatssecretaris) for Transport, Public Works and Water Management since July 2002. Regarded as a rising political talent within the VVD, the 36-year-old said she now wants to "develop further". She has been approached by several companies but has yet to make a choice, she said.

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