Dutch news in brief, 10 March 2005

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Image of Endstra's killer made public

Image of Endstra's killer made public

The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) is to show on Monday night never-before seen images on crimestoppers show Opsporing Verzocht of the person believed to be the killer of real estate millionaire Willem Endstra. Dubbed the banker of the Dutch underworld in the media, Endstra, 51, had denied he had ties to organised crime. He was gunned down near his office in Amsterdam on 17 May 2004. His killing is just one of many unsolved gangster-related assassinations in and around Amsterdam in recent years. Officials investigating his murder have staged a reconstruction for the television programme in the hope new witnesses will come forward. The OM will not say how it came by the images of the alleged killer or when they were made.

Dutch coach holds clinics in Cuba

Former Dutch soccer coach Cees Zwamborn, who played for and coached famous club Ajax, has started a series of clinics in the Cuban capital aimed at coaches and physical education professors, state-run newspaper Granma reported on Wednesday. The clinics given by Zwamborn, who was also a former coach in the English first division league, will extend to 31 March and will include all the coaches of the Cuban teams in different categories and their colleagues with major teams. The Cuban national team is getting ready to take part in the Gold Cup in the US.

Player faces court over wild tackle

Justice officials in Rotterdam have decided to prosecute Sparta Rotterdam player Rachid Bouaouzan for a serious assault in relation to a heavy tackle on Niels Kokmeijer of Go Ahead Eagles. Newspaper De Telegraaf said Kokmeijer has had to end his career after suffering a double break to his leg during a wild charge by Bouaouzan on 17 December last year. It is unclear if he will ever be able to walk properly again.

Pension fund tsunami scheme draws fire

A special initiative by the two largest pension funds in the Netherlands to support elderly victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami has not gone down well with their members. PGGM has asked each of its members to make a one-off donation of one euro and ABP was set to make a similar request in its April magazine, the website of Investments and Pensions Europe has reported. ABP will unveil a proposal for a voluntary contribution in its magazine in April. But there have been many objections to the scheme, with the national union of pension holders describing it as "patronising".

Fuel prices rise again

Fuel prices rose again on Thursday as Dutch market leader Shell increased petrol and diesel prices by 0.6 cents. A litre of unleaded petrol now costs EUR 1.285 and super plus costs EUR 1.339 per litre. The recommended price for diesel went up to EUR 0.97.  Shell uses the development on the oil production market as its main guide on fuel pricing. Its BK-Gas division raised the recommended price for LPG by 0.9 cents to EUR 0.499 cents per litre.

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