Dutch news in brief, 24 June 2005

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Dutch credit cards hit by theft fall-out

Dutch credit cards hit by theft fall-out

Dutch credit-card holders are being warned that their cards may be blocked to prevent fraud after the large-scale theft of customer details in the US. Several credit card companies have already fallen victim to gangs using the stolen data to make purchases. MasterCard International said last Saturday that 40 million cards are in danger of being used by criminals. Of these, at least 30,000 belong to people in the Netherlands.

Cabinet backs foreign adoption by gay couples

Dutch Ministers decided at their weekly meeting on Friday to allow gay couples to adopt children from outside the Netherlands. Since the introduction of gay marriage in the Netherlands in 2001, gay and lesbian couples could adopt a Dutch child. Individuals could also adopt a child from outside the Netherlands.

Hofstad suspect remanded in custody

A 22-year-old man who was allegedly in possession of a loaded machine pistol when arrested in a planned operation by police on Wednesday has been remanded in custody for 14 days. A court in Rotterdam heard that Nourredine El F. is suspected of involvement in the Hofstadgroep. Police say the group is a Muslim terrorist organisation and several young Muslim men said to be connected with it are already in custody. One of the men, Mohammed B., has admitted to murdering Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh on 2 November 2004. Mohammed B. and Nourredine El F knew each other well, police say. A 32-year-old man who was arrested in London at the request of the Dutch authorities has also been remanded in custody here on suspicion of connection to the Hofstadgroep.

Police shooting 'not a suicide bid'

A preliminary investigation appears to confirm that the 21-year-old police officer who shot herself while on guard duty outside the Yugoslav tribunal in The Hague earlier this month was not trying to kill herself.  The shooting took place at about 5.50pm on 13 June on the Vuurtorenweg in Scheveningen. The officer was able to call for help herself and it quickly became clear she was the only person involved.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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