Dutch news in brief, 23 August 2004

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Minor offenders face public identification

Minor offenders face public identification

Dutch prosecution chiefs want to publish photos of minor offenders to assist in solving crimes such as shoplifting, incitement and threats, the College van Procureurs-Generaal (attorneys-general council) has said. At present, only photos of serious offenders such as murderers and sex criminals have been made public, newspaper NRC reported. Prosecution chiefs want to lower the criteria allowing authorities to publish photos and video footage of people suspected of lesser crimes. The prosecution wants to extend the present policy because crimestopper shows such as Opsporing Verzocht have proven extremely effective. Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner must approve of the proposal.

Security tightened around US embassy

A new security barrier of steel and concrete was erected at the US embassy in The Hague last week to protect the diplomatic building from terrorist attacks. A similar barrier was erected at the Dutch Finance Ministry, located across the street. A spokesperson for the embassy said the measures were put in place at the request of the Dutch authorities but that both sides have frequent discussions in relation to security. The Dutch authorities have denied the anti-car bomb barriers were linked to the terrorist threat made against the Netherlands earlier this month. The threat was allegedly made by the al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad group, which is said to be connected to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the reputed leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Dutch soldier buried in closed family funeral

The Dutch soldier killed in Iraq last week was buried in the Gelderland village of Buren on Saturday. The Roman Catholic funeral was strictly a family affair and no military personnel attended the ceremony, Radio Netherlands reported. The military policeman, 29, died near Ar Rumaythah, becoming the second Dutch military fatality in Iraq. Five other soldiers were seriously injured in the attack. Colleagues and friends of the man paid their last respects during a night vigil in Culemborg. The Lower House of Parliament, Tweede Kamer, will return early from summer recess on Tuesday to hold an emergency debate about the security of Dutch troops in Iraq.

Asylum seeker found dead in detention centre

A Nigerian asylum seeker was found dead in a Rotterdam deportation detention centre on Friday. Dutch authorities said on Saturday the man was on the point of being deported when his body was found. Police are investigating the man's death.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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