Dutch news in brief, 25 May 2005

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Verdonk sorry for misinforming MPs

Verdonk sorry for misinforming MPs

Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk assured MPs on Wednesday she did not deliberately misinform Parliament, blaming the error on a miscommunication with public servants. The Liberal VVD minister misinformed MPs twice: firstly in a debate about immigrant women being dumped by their husbands in Morocco and two days later in a letter she wrote to explain the issue. Verdonk said the woman could not return to the Netherlands because their children were not Dutch nationals, but this proved to be untrue in some cases. The minister apologised to MPs during the emergency debate called by the opposition green-left GroenLinks on Wednesday.

Eight hooligans report to police

Eight people linked to the riots around the Feyenoord-Ajax football clash in Rotterdam on 17 April have reported to police. Four of the suspects reported to police after their photo was shown in crimestopper TV show Opsporing Verzocht on Monday night. Photos of suspected rioters have also been placed on the Rotterdam police website, (politie-rotterdam-rijnmond.nl). Some 120,000 hits were recorded on the website by Wednesday afternoon. Once a suspect reports to police, their photo is removed from the internet.

Nuclear disaster drill at Borssele

Some 600 emergency service personnel and government staff were taking part in a nuclear disaster drill at the Borssele power plant on Wednesday. Belgian authorities and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were also involved. The 16-hour disaster simulation was designed to test the communication between involved authorities. The Environment Ministry said the drill was on a smaller scale than the terrorist attack drill carried out at the Amsterdam Arena stadium last month. That drill involved 10,000 people.

Onur Air flights to resume Friday

Travel bureaus OAD and Corendon are allowing customers to travel again with Onur Air after the Dutch traffic safety authority IVW lifted its ban on the airline on Tuesday. An Onur Air flight will land at Rotterdam on Friday and flights to and from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam are expected to resume on Saturday. The Turkish airline was banned from operating in the Netherlands on 12 May after a series of safety incidents. The decision to lift the ban was based on undertakings from the Turkish aviation authority to improve Onur Air safety measures. Germany, France and Switzerland have since lifted similar bans also.

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