Dutch news in brief, 18 October 2005

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Woman jailed for having weapon

Woman jailed for having weapon

A court in Rotterdam has imposed a nine-month sentence on Muslim woman Soumaya S. for illegal possession of an automatic weapon. Three months of the term were suspended on condition she remains of good behaviour after her release. The prosecutor told the court he could not prove she had the weapon for a "terrorist objective". The weapon was found in a bag when she was arrested in June with her husband, Nouriddin El F., in Amsterdam. El F. is suspected of being a member of the Hofstadgroep, a group the police say is a terrorist organisation.

Big Brother's Tanja gives birth

Reality show contestant Tanja has given birth to a baby girl in the Dutch Big Brother house. The birth of the child, named Jocelyn Savanna, at 11.14am on Tuesday in a special delivery room in the house was recorded by cameras. As mother and child were still undergoing tests, Big Brother producer Endemol could not give more details about the child.

PM to address Van Gogh memorial

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is to be one of the speakers at the memorial service on 2 November to mark the first anniversary of the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen, the chairman of the  Oost/Watergraafsmeer council and a local resident are also to address the gathering on the Linnaeusstraat. Van Gogh was gunned down and stabbed by Mohammed B. on the street as he cycled to work. A debate will be held in the nearby Hotel Arena  and other events will be held on 2 November to remember Van Gogh.

Runway fails to take off

The development of the Polderbaan runway at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport was an expensive mistake, newspaper 'Algemeen Dagblad' has claimed. The new runway was supposed to increase Schiphol's capacity and reduce complaints about noise pollution. It has done exactly the reverse, the paper said on Tuesday. The Polderbaan cost EUR 320 million.

Woman sleeps in shop window

A 28-year-old homeless woman got a good sleep when she spent Monday night in a bed in the display window of a shop in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. The shop's staff discovered her on Tuesday morning. She received a warning from the police after she explained she climbed under the covers when the shop closed on Monday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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