Dutch news in brief, 21 April 2005

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Willem-Alexander to attend papal investiture

Willem-Alexander to attend papal investiture

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende will attend the investiture of Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on Sunday, the government information service RVD said. Willem-Alexander's Argentine and Catholic-born wife Maxima will not be present. The RVD said the attendance of Willem-Alexander, a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, had nothing to do with the controversy over his absence from the funeral for Pope John Paul II. Since 1978 the government it had been decided to send a more senior Dutch representative to the investiture than to the funeral of the previous pope. Balkenende represented the Netherlands at Pope John Paul II's funeral in the Vatican.

Tax office readies assessments

The tax office, Belastingdienst, is to begin posting out preliminary assessments for 2004 next week. About 5.6 million people who filed their returns before or on the 1 April deadline are due to receive a notification from the tax office. About half will receive a rebate that should be paid into the recipient's account by 1 July, a spokesperson for the tax office said.

Loverboy held for human smuggling

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in Belgium at the request of the police in Dutch province of Brabant. He is the main suspect in  an investigation into a group allegedly involved in human smuggling and Loverboy practices. This is a term used in the Netherlands to describe men who befriend young women, shower them with gifts and then compel then to work as prostitutes. Four other people have already been questioned by police involved in the case.

Police search missing woman's home

Officers conducted a search on Thursday at the Zoetermeer home of Claudia Hartevelt, 31, since Monday. Hartevelt and her two daughters, 5 and 3, have been missing since Monday last week. Hartevelt's husband said he left for work at 7.30am and when he returned in the evening there was no sign of the three. The woman's bank cards were found in the house and no clothes seemed to have been taken. She was alleged sighted in Leidschendam after her disappearance. On Thursday night NOS news reported that the woman's husband had been arrested by the police.

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