Dutch news in brief, 15 July 2005

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F-16s intercept five planes over Netherlands

F-16s intercept five planes over Netherlands

Dutch F-16 fighters carried out interceptions of five planes that failed to contact ground control in the first half of this year. Each case proved to be a false alarm, the Defence Ministry said on Friday. The Air Force keeps two fully armed F-16s on stand-by at all times for 'Quick Reaction Alerts" caused by unidentified planes entering Dutch airspace. Last year, fighter jets were scrambled on 10 occasions to intercept planes that failed to make contact with controllers.

Verdonk expels Algerian 'threat'

Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk has ordered the expulsion of an 37-year-old Algerian the authorities describe as a "serious threat to national security" Abdelkader D. who is married to a Dutch woman is being held in the asylum prison in Eindhoven. The minister withdrew his temporary residence permit and ordered his expulsion based on information supplied by the intelligence service AIVD. D. has been accused of trying to recruit young Muslims to take part in terrorism.

Ex-translator seeks new judges

The former translator who is accused of leaking information gathered by the intelligence service (AIVD) to suspected Islamic terrorists has applied for the removal of the three-judge panel hearing his case. Outman Ben A. says he has lost confidence in the current panel and wants three different judges to take over. He is charged with leaking the contents of intercepts to the suspects being monitored by the AIVD.

Public negative about Muslims

A greater number of Dutch people are uneasy about Muslims than any other country. Some 51 percent of the Dutch public has a negative impression of Muslims, according to international research by the American Pew Research Center. In Germany, 47 percent of the population is uneasy about Muslims. Despite the fear of Islamic terrorism, majorities in the UK, US, France, Canada and Russia are positive about Muslims. The sentiment is somewhat weaker in Spain and Poland.

Police investigate two deaths

Police in The Hague are trying to establish the circumstances behind the deaths of two people. The body of a 28-year-old man was discovered by police in a home on Gaslaan Thursday evening. A 21-year-old woman was arrested. Separately, officers are working to establish the identity of a woman found dead on the beach between Scheveningen and Kijkduin.

Navy shows off its ships

About 200,000 are expected to travel to Nieuwe Haven in Den Helder for the Dutch Navy's open weekend. This year the Vlootdagen event pays tribute to Queen Beatrix on the 25 jubilee of her reign. From Friday to Sunday, the public will be permitted to visit Dutch and foreign naval vessels taking part in the event. Germany has sent a frigate.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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