Dutch news in brief, 13 January 2005

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Queen, MP to attend Auschwitz ceremony

Queen, MP to attend Auschwitz ceremony

Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende will attend the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Thursday 27 January. Both will attend an informal lunch and the official commemoration ceremony, the Dutch government information service RVD has announced. Some 100,000 Jews from the Netherlands were murdered in Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War.

Muslim group against importing imams

The Contact Group Islam (CGI) said on Thursday that mosques in the Netherlands should no longer import imams from abroad, but should instead use Muslim clerics who have been trained in the Netherlands. The CGI made its standpoint clear during a press conference on Thursday to announce that Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk had accorded recognition to the group as the second official discussion body between Muslims and the Dutch government.

Ruins of 14th century castle uncovered

Archaeologists have discovered the foundations of a fortified castle from the 14th century in Groesbeek, near Nijmegen. Experts said the find is a donjon, a small fortified tower. Members of the archaeological service BAAC from Den Bosch had been called in by the local council to examine the area where an apartment complex is to be built, news agency ANP said.

Huge cannabis haul in Rotterdam

A shipment of 3,650kg of hash was intercepted in Rotterdam port in December, it was revealed on Thursday. Five people appeared before a local court after a sniffer dog detected the drugs in a container. A follow-up operation identified five other containers where hash was hidden among marble tiles from Morocco. The total haul had a street value of EUR 10 million.

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