Dutch news in brief, 21 September 2005

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Robbers hit money transport, Shots from an automatic weapon were fired at an armoured van during a robbery on Wednesday. One of the people in the van was slightly injured during the raid on the money transport in the Limburg town of Stein. Explosions were heard as the gang destroyed one of the vehicles they used. Later police stopped a second car suspected of being involved in the robbery after chase on the A2 motorway.

Robbers hit money transport

Shots from an automatic weapon were fired at an armoured van during a robbery on Wednesday. One of the people in the van was slightly injured during the raid on the money transport in the Limburg town of Stein. Explosions were heard as the gang destroyed one of the vehicles they used. Later police stopped a second car suspected of being involved in the robbery after  chase on the A2 motorway.

Man in court for threatening MP

The public Prosecutor's Office asked a court in Leeuwarden on Wednesday to impose a 12-month jail term and compulsory psychiatric treatment on Gerard N., 49, for threatening parliamentarian Jacques Tichelaar. The Labour Party politician was so frightened by the threat to destroy him he became reluctant to make political statements, the court was told.

SS man avoids prison

Dutch-born war criminal Hebertus Bikker, 89, will not be jailed, a German court has ruled. A Dutch court sentenced Bikker to life imprisonment in 1949 for crimes he committed as an SS prison guard at Camp Ommen in the Netherlands from November 1944 to April 1945. He escaped to Germany and was only unmasked in recent years. The German court said Bikker was not in sufficient mental health to understand why he would have to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Therefore he was allowed to go free.

Oldest man doesn't want attention

The oldest man in the Netherlands wants his identity to be kept a secret because he couldn't handle the media attention, Haarlem council has revealed. The city resident, 105, is the oldest man in the country since the death of Co de Lavoir, 107, on 15 August. The oldest woman in the Netherlands is Alexandrine van Donkelaar-Vink, 110, from Bunnik.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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