Dutch news in brief, 16 March 2006

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Verdonk: Syrians not detained, Two members of a Syrian family deported from the Netherlands after being refused asylum were not imprisoned on their return to their native country, Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said on Thursday in response to a question in parliament. She wrote in a letter there was no concrete evidence the father and son, who allegedly disappeared, had been arrested. Newspaper AD reported claims by an asylum seekers' lobby group earlier this week that two 'migration experts' from

Verdonk: Syrians not detained

Two members of a Syrian family deported from the Netherlands after being refused asylum were not imprisoned on their return to their native country, Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said on Thursday in response to a question in parliament. She wrote in a letter there was no concrete evidence the father and son, who allegedly disappeared, had been arrested. Newspaper AD reported claims by an asylum seekers' lobby group earlier this week that two 'migration experts' from Syria who were allowed to talk to Syrian asylum seekers in the Netherlands worked for the Syrian secret police.

Stolen Van Gogh recovered

Police returned a stolen painting by Vincent van Gogh to its owners on Thursday. The painting of a pollard willow was taken from the headquarters of Van Lanschot bankers in Den Bosch in May 1999. Two men have been arrested.

Dutch link to child porn ring

A 44-year-old resident of the Dutch town of Kerkrade has allegedly confessed to being one of the managers of a massive internet child porn network. The man's name surfaced during investigations into the network in Canada, Britain, Australia and the US. A total of 27 people have been arrested so far. The Dutch public prosecutor said on Thursday the man from Kerkrade admitted running an internet chat-box used to exchange pornographic images and footage of children. Police seized computers, DVDs and other material when his home was raided in late February.

Officer shoots two men

A police officer shot and injured two men in the Frisian town of Wouterswoude on Wednesday night. The officer and his colleague stopped a four men in a car at 3am. One of the occupants emerged and knocked one of the police officers unconscious. The other officer felt so threatened he drew his handgun and opened fire. One of the men was hit in the shoulder and the other suffered a grazing wound to his head. The other two men drove off but were arrested a short time later. It is not known how many shots were fired by the officer who took sick leave after the incident.

4,700 Erasmus students in 2005

Some 4,700 Dutch students attended a course in other EU states as part of the Erasmus exchange programme in 2004-2005. This is 355 people or 8 percent more than the year before, putting the Netherlands sbove the average European increase of 6.3 percent, according to a report published by the European Commission on Thursday. In total 144,000 students spent an average of seven months attending courses in another EU country. Management studies were the most popular, followed by languages and social sciences.

Most 007 cadets flunk test

The overwhelming majority of the people who applied to join the Dutch intelligence service (AIVD) dropped out during the selection process, Interior Affairs Minister Johan Remkes told parliament on Thursday during discussions on the service's 2006 plan. Remkes said most of the would-be recruits were not suitable for operation duties. Only a few percent got through the selection procedure. In response to the threat of terrorism, the AIVD embarked on a plan last year to recruit 700 new agents in five years. Despite the high drop-out rate among candidates, the expansion is proceeding according to schedule, Remkes said.

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