Dutch news in brief, 30 March 2006

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'Margarita tape' case begins, Despite intensive media interest in the case, a judge was asked to decide on Thursday whether the civil action taken by Princess Margarita against her ex-husband Edwin Roy de Zuydewijn should take place behind closed doors in Amsterdam. De Roy van Zuydewijn attended the court with a large entourage, including two bodyguards. Margarita stayed away. Her lawyers are demanding De Roy van Zuydewijn return a recording she made of a conversation she had with her aunt, Queen Beatrix.

 'Margarita tape' case begins

Despite intensive media interest in the case, a judge was asked to decide on Thursday whether the civil action taken by Princess Margarita against her ex-husband Edwin Roy de Zuydewijn should take place behind closed doors in Amsterdam. De Roy van Zuydewijn attended the court with a large entourage, including two bodyguards. Margarita stayed away. Her lawyers are demanding De Roy van Zuydewijn return a recording she made of a conversation she had with her aunt, Queen Beatrix. Margarita and De Roy van Zuydewijn were suing the royal family at the time. Margarita has since reconciled with the royal family.

Unions threaten to seize Smart cars

Trade union FNV Bondgenoten has demanded a meeting with Daimler Chrysler director
Dieter Zetsche over the decision to stop production of the Smart ForFour. The car is currently made for Daimler Chrysler by the Dutch company NedCar. If the requested meeting is not granted, the union threatened on Thursday to go to court to block any new Smart cars leaving the facility. The workers are demanding a replacement vehicle be found for the factory to build.

Tilburg residents asked not to grow cannabis

Tilburg local council plans to circulate a pamphlet to all residents of the southern city in April in a bid to cut the number of illegal cannabis farms. "Everyone will get it whether he or she lives in a villa or a deprived area," a spokesperson said. The pamphlet outlines the legal and safety risks of cultivating cannabis in the home. It also refers to the social nuisance such activities can cause. Some 250 cannabis operations were shut down in Tilburg last year.

Fugitive driving instructor gets 21 months

Driving instructor Henk K., 46, of Zeist received a 21-month sentence on Thursday for arson at his home and embezzlement of a rented car. K. and his family disappeared from their home after he was accused of stealing from his clients. The fire was discovered on the day they vanished and they were officially missing for months last year. They were eventually tracked down in Germany. Ironically, the court acquitted K. of the theft charges.

Bot: Venezuela has no hostile intent

Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot said there were no indications Venezuela has hostile intentions towards the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Bot made his remarks in Buenos Aires, where he is accompanying Queen Beatrix on her State Visit to Argentina. He was responding to rumours Venezuela wants to annex the Dutch islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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