Dutch news in brief, 14 October 2005

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Afghan war criminals jailed in Holland

Afghan war criminals jailed in Holland

A court in The Hague sentenced two former high-ranking members of the Afghan Army to nine and 12 years in jail for war crimes. Habibullah Jalalzoy, 58, and Hesamuddin Hesam, 57, worked for Khad-e-Nezami, the feared intelligence service of the Communist regime in Afghanistan. They were found guilty of torturing opponents of regime from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. The men fled when the communists were overthrown and they managed to get asylum under false pretences in the Netherlands.

Price war costs 35,000 jobs

The long-running supermarket price war has cost 35,000 jobs to date, according to Herman van der Geest, chairman of the independent supermarket owners group Vakcentrale Woerden. The jobs have been lost because supermarkets have had to cut back on staff due to lower profit margins. 

Netherlands increases quake aid

The Netherlands has increased it contribution to the relief effort in Pakistan and India after the earthquake. The Dutch government increased its financial contribution by EUR 2 to a total of EUR 14. Separately, it was announced on Friday that the Dutch Search and Rescue Team is returning from Pakistan as there is no more hope of finding survivors trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Union boss to head humanist group

Lodewijk de Waal is to become director of the Dutch humanist society 'Humanitas'. The society offers people assistance with care and wellbeing issues. De Waal stepped down earlier this year as head of the FNV trade union confederation. He takes up his new post on 1 July 2006.

Netherlands to have one police force

Dutch ministers agreed on Friday that the country's 25 regional police forces and national police service KLPD will be rolled into one organisation. The move is intended to make the police structure more practical.

Heading for a hot year

2005 will probably end in the top 10 of the warmest years since the national weather bureau KNMI began keeping records. But it won't end among the top three: 1990, 1999 and 2000 when the average temperature was 10.9 degrees. If the rest of October remains warm and November and December are normal, 2005 will end with an average temperature of 10.4 degrees, Rob Sluijter of the KNMI said. The average year temperature over the last 30 years has been 9.8 degrees.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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