Dutch news in brief, 27 September 2004

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Musharraf, Zalm welcome terrorist's death

Musharraf, Zalm welcome terrorist's death

Visiting the Netherlands on Monday, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf welcomed the death of Amjad Farooqi, a top al-Qaeda militant alleged to have masterminded assassination attempts against him and the beheading of US reporter Daniel Pearl. "Any terrorist that leaves this world, I am very happy. That was a man who attacked me, so I was very happy," news agency AFP quoted Musharraf saying. Musharraf made the remarks after meeting with Dutch Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm, who also welcomed the death of Farooqi. Musharraf also met with Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot, delegations from Parliament and Queen Beatrix on Monday. The Dutch government cancelled an official visit to Pakistan five years ago after Musharraf  claimed power in a bloodless coup. But his standing in the Western world has improved substantially as a result of his crackdown on terrorism, Radio Netherlands reported.

Suspects deny murdering toddler Savanna

The man and woman arrested last week after the body of a three-year-old girl was found in the boot of their car in Holten have denied involvement in the child's death. But the suspects have admitted to police they were going to bury Savanna's body at the time of their arrest. A court in The Hague extended the remand in custody of the 27-year-old man and the 32-year-old woman last Friday. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but the prosecution suspects the girl was suffocated. She was murdered on 20 September and the suspects claim they found her dead in woman's home in Alphen aan den Rijn.

Three killed in plane crash

Three Dutch nationals were killed in a plane crash near the eastern Dutch city Enschede on Friday night. The victims have been described as a 49-year-old flying instructor of Heneglo, a 46-year-old passenger from Almelo and a 29-year-old person also of Almelo. The crash occurred in a forest near the German border town of Nordhorn. The three victims were members of the Twente Flying Club and were seated in a Piper PA-28 for a night flight lesson. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

Dutch activist released in Sweden

Göteborg Court ordered the release of Dutch anti-globalisation activist Maarten Blok on Friday. The man had been suspected of hitting a policeman during a European Union summit in Göteborg in 2001. But the prosecution told the court last week that it was clear Blok, 23, of Amsterdam, was not involved in the assault and the court subsequently ordered his release. Blok was extradited to Sweden to face the charges and had been detained in the Scandinavian country since 2 September. The prosecution has announced it will not appeal and the Dutchman has indicated he will demand compensation.

Dutch spooks 'misled' China over Maoist funding

The Dutch intelligence service, then known as the BVD, misled China for years and received funding for a fake Maoist party that the Dutch agency had itself established, a new book claims. Former BVD staffer Frits Hoekstra claims the BVD used the Dutch Marxist-Leninist Party (MLPN) between 1970 and 1980 primarily to gain insight into the Maoist movement in the Netherlands. It also used it to supervise the way China tried to recruit students and academics to Maoism. The financial support given to the party also prevented funding going to a real Maoist party in the Netherlands. The BVD said at the time that the Maoist movement in the Netherlands was "loud, but very small". Hoekstra's book is called "In dienst van de BVD" or (In Service of the BVD).

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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