Dutch news in brief, 27 June 2006

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Chronic patients challenge no-claims rule

Chronic patients challenge no-claims rule

Fourteen chronically ill people have mounted a court challenge to demand compensation under the no-claims system created by Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst. People who have little or no medical costs during the year are entitled to a refund from their health insurer. The plaintiffs argued before a court in The Hague on Monday that the system discriminates against them. A decision in the case is expected on 7 July.

Man gets 18 years for murder

A 31-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in jail for the rape and murder of Gouda student Mariëlla de Geus in 2001. The court in The Hague rejected the man's claim that she consented to sex. She was strangled to death.

Senate supports Schiphol privatisation

The Dutch Senate, as expected, backed the partial privatisation for Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Senators voted 33 to 31 in favour. MPs has already supported the government's plans to move Schiphol towards privatisation.

Teachers held for sex abuse

Two twins, 56, from Eindhoven have been in custody for more than a month on suspicion of sexually assaulting underage boys over several years.  The suspects were teachers at a local school. Four adults have complained they were abused between the ages of 10 and 14.

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