Dutch news in brief, 28 September 2006

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PM refuses Iraq inquiry again

PM refuses Iraq inquiry again

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende refused again on Thursday left-wing opposition demands for an independent investigation into the Dutch government's backing of the US-led invasion of Iraq. The Christian Democrat CDA leader said that discussion had been waged 10 to 15 times already. The Dutch decision to support the invasion was based on Iraq's refusal to co-operate with UN resolutions. Balkenende said based on the information that was known at the time, the Cabinet is still convinced it made the right decision.

Islamic hospital is 'apartheid'

A plan to open a Rotterdam hospital for Muslims has sparked heated criticism, with some claiming it is "step back to the Middle Ages". Liveable Rotterdam said it will do everything possible to prevent it, while right-wing MP Geert Wilders said it was an apartheid project. Rotterdam hospital Sint Franciscus Gasthuis warned against segregation in healthcare. A Rotterdam entrepreneur wants the Islamic hospital to be open within two years and still needs to enter talks with insurers. The hospital would have separate wings for men and women, prayer areas and food will be prepared according top Islamic custom. Non-Muslims are welcome and Rotterdam City Council is not opposed to the project.

'Serial rapist' to be extradited

The suspected Sassenheim serial rapist, Johan Frederik S., who was arrested after a wild escape bid at the end of June in an internet café in the Brazilian city of Curitiba, will be extradited to the Netherlands. The Brazilian Supreme Court announced its ruling on Wednesday. The Dutch public prosecution office wants to place S. on trial for rape and having sexual relations with unconscious people. S. is alleged to have used the 'rape drug' Rohypnol at least four times and as much as 15 times in the nightclubs. He wants to return to the Netherlands due to poor health.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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