Dutch news in brief, 13 May 2005

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No law against 'wrongful life'

No law against 'wrongful life'

The Cabinet has decided not to legislate to prevent the lodging of damages claims after the birth of a disabled child. The government believes a recent Supreme Court ruling in the case of the disabled girl Kelly has not set a precedent. The court granted damages to Kelly's parents after ruling a midwife had been negligent when she refused to perform prenatal checks despite the parents' concerns. Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner and Health State Secretary Clemence Ross said the compensation was awarded because of a medical error, not because the girl was born disabled. They said it is not compulsory for expectant mothers to undergo prenatal checks.

Foreign adoption rights for gay couples

Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner will submit draft legislation this autumn that would allow gay couples to adopt children from abroad. The Christian Democrat CDA minister said in March he was prepared to scrap discriminatory conditions in adoption law. Gay couples have been able to marry and adopt Dutch children since 2001. But the several dozen Dutch children who come up for adoption generally go to heterosexual couples.

Rioters to be shamed on internet

The Rotterdam police department is to publish photos of 500 football hooligans involved in riots at a Feyenoord-Ajax soccer match last month. Police can identify only 20 rioters and have admitted the others are not part of the identified hardcore group of hooligans. The photos will be placed on the website politie.nl at the end of this month. Police hope the rioters will voluntarily report to police to avoid their photo being published. Half of the suspects are being sought for public disorder and violence offences, while the other half for being an accomplice.

Vaatstra murder remains a riddle

Hopes of solving the murder of 16-year-old Marianne Vaatstra appear to be in vain after prosecution officials took a statement from an Afghan man in London on Thursday. The testimony yielded no further clues. Marianne was raped and murdered near Veenklooster on the night after Queen's Day in 1999. The man M. A. was considered a suspect for four months, but DNA evidence cleared him. He refused for a long time to speak about what he saw, but his testimony this week failed to give fresh insight into the crime.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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