Dutch news in brief, 28 November 2005

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Friday's storms cost EUR 20 million

Friday's storms cost EUR 20 million

The extreme winter weather on Friday will cost the Netherlands about EUR 20 million, insurance company Interpolis has estimated. The company received 2,500 reports of damage from policyholders. Most of the damage was caused by snow and high winds. The weight of the snow weakened many flat roofs on buildings and other properties suffered water damage.

Man fights extradition to the US 

The lawyer for Dutchman Wesam Al D. argued before a court in Rotterdam on Monday that his client should not be extradited to the US. The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) countered by saying all the conditions for the extradition had been met and that the 32-year Dutchman of Iraqi descent should be sent for trial on charges of conspiracy to attack US soldiers in Iraq in 2003.

Anti-terror campaign begins

Mayors Ivo Opstelten of Rotterdam and Job Cohen of Amsterdam launched the public campaign 'Alle ogen helpen' (all eyes help). The aim of the campaign is to encourage public transport commuters to report any suspicious activities that might be connected to terrorism. "While there are no immediate causes, we must take account of the threat of terrorism," Opstelten said. Posters and brochures in stations, in the metro, on trams and in buses will passengers to keep a close eye on their bags and to report any suspicious activity.

Trams suspended in Leidsestraat

Trams travel along Leidsestraat was suspended at 1.45pm on Monday due to a gas leak. The authorities said the leak appeared to be on the Keizersgracht end of the street. The entire Leidsestraat was closed off.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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