Dutch news in brief, 23 March 2005

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Dutch troops set for Sudan mission

Dutch troops set for Sudan mission

Unarmed Dutch troops could soon be deployed in Sudan to monitor the peace accord in the south of the country, Defence Minister Henk Kamp said on Tuesday. The soldiers would be part of a team of 750 observers to be protected by thousands of UN peacekeepers. The Defence ministry wants to work more closely with the Economic Affairs and Overseas Development ministries during reconstruction efforts in conflict areas. The new co-operation could be implemented first in Sudan.

Man escapes jail for killing 3 Brits

A 47-year-old Schiedam man who killed three British people in a road accident on 29 August 2004 was given a non-custodial sentence on Wednesday. He received a 240-hour work order, a 12-month driving disqualification and a four-month suspended jail term. Rotterdam Court said the man was responsible for the three deaths during an accident on the A16 at Ridderkerk. The Dutchman collided with the victims' stationary Ford Fiesta at about 100km/h. The three Welsh people — two of whom were 28 and the third aged 34 — were travelling to a car race in Belgium. Two of them were killed instantly, while a third died later at hospital.

Tsunami death toll at 27

The Dutch toll from last year's Indian Ocean tsunami rose one to 27 on Wednesday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. The latest body was identified in Sri Lanka. There are still 10 Dutch people listed as missing, presumed dead, and another five untraced people who are feared to have been in the region hit by the tsunami on 26 December.

Lesson 1: road rage

A learner driver was introduced to road rage in Capelle aan den IJssel when the 27-year-old driving instructor assaulted a 51-year-old man with a baseball bat. The 51-year-old pulled a knife when complaining about the driving of the student motorist. The Rotterdam instructor then used a baseball bat to attack the knife-wielding Capelle aan den IJssel man. The victim suffered minor concussion and a head wound. Both men were taken into custody for questioning.

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