Dutch news in brief, 14 June 2005

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Men released in Aruba case, Two hotel guards who were arrested last week on Aruba in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of US school student Natalee Holloway, 18, have been released. The 18-year-old son of a Dutch judge and his two Surinamese friends remain in custody. The three are believed to be the last people to see Holloway. Dutch experts have joined the search for Holloway on the former Dutch colonial island, but the authorities have indicated they fear she is dead.

Men released in Aruba case

Two hotel guards who were arrested last week on Aruba in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of US school student Natalee Holloway, 18, have been released. The 18-year-old son of a Dutch judge and his two Surinamese friends remain in custody. The three are believed to be the last people to see Holloway. Dutch experts have joined the search for Holloway on the former Dutch colonial island, but the authorities have indicated they fear she is dead.

Russians, Polish in the firing line

The police and the municipal council in Maastricht have launched a major drive to put an end to what they claim is the serious nuisance  caused by people camping illegally and fishing on the banks of the Maas and Zuid-Wilemsvaart rivers near the the southern Dutch city. The authorities blame most of the problem on Polish people and Russians who work in Germany. The are accused of making a lot of noise at night, littering and damaging the rover banks and lighting fires.

Taxi driver left in trunk

A taxi driver has been found in the trunk of his car in Almere, the police say. The man said he picked two men up on Leidseplein in Amsterdam. When the car reached Almere, they drew handguns, robbed him and locked him in the trunk. He was not hurt in the incident.

Balloons in cancer scare

Half the 58 types of balloons tested by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) were found to contain the carcinogenic Nitrosamin. The VWA carries out an annual test for compliance with rigorous Nitrosamin standards. It found 17 percent of the balloons did not carry a warning about Nitrosamin on the packaging. The VWA has strict rules when it comes to balloons as they are a toy blown up and used by children.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject:  Dutch news

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