Dutch news in brief, 2 December 2005

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Imam told to behave or leave, Hague Mayor Wim Deetman told Imam Sheich Fawaz of the As Soennah mosque in the city to moderate his views or leave the country, the cleric claimed on the mosque's website on Friday. A spokesman for Deetman confirmed a meeting had taken place, but declined to comment further. Fawaz said Deetman was unhappy about his comments on the internet in relation to Somali-born MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali. He wrote that the MP who criticises aspects of Islam would be "blown away by the winds of ch

Imam told to behave or leave

Hague Mayor Wim Deetman told Imam Sheich Fawaz of the As Soennah mosque in the city to moderate his views or leave the country, the cleric claimed on the mosque's website on Friday. A spokesman for Deetman confirmed a meeting had taken place, but declined to comment further. Fawaz said Deetman was unhappy about his comments on the internet in relation to Somali-born MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali. He wrote that the MP who criticises aspects of Islam would be "blown away by the winds of changing times". Hirsi Ali took this as a threat but the prosecution service said the imam had not committed any crime. Hirsi Ali has received several death threats due to her views.

Ecstasy lab found in Naarden

The national investigation unit (Nationale Recherche) discovered an ecstasy laboratory in an office complex in a suburb of the Dutch town of Naarden. The entire production process for the illegal drug was carried out in the building. The police detected the laboratory as a result of an international investigation into a criminal gang that producing the drug and trades in stolen cars.

Minister extends right to vote

Some 20,000 people with slight learning difficulties have been granted the right to vote. Government Reform Minister Alexander Pechtold decided it unfair these people could not vote, while residents of psychiatric hospitals can.

Sinterklaas sales up

The sale of Sinterklaas presents appears to be higher than 2004, spokespersons for Intertoys and the Vendex chain of stores said on Friday. Intertoys said sales of Lego products were ding well, while people are also buying more traditional luxury items such as DVD players and digital devices, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported.

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