Dutch news in brief, 30 September 2004

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Amsterdam breaks off contact with Angels

Amsterdam breaks off contact with Angels

Amsterdam City Council has broken off official contact with the Hells Angels following reports that the ex-president of the city's chapter of the motorbike club was accused of plotting to assassinate an underworld figure. The club expelled "Big Willem" van Boxtel last week, claiming he admitted accepting a EUR 1 million contract to kill Freddie Heineken kidnapper Willem Holleeder. The contract was allegedly offered by Holleeder's reputed former business associate, property tycoon Willem Endstra. Van Boxtel has denied he was involved in a plot to bomb the club's social club in Amsterdam when Holleeder was present. Endstra was murdered last May. Police investigating the alleged plot to kill Holleeder arrested Van Boxtel and two other people recently, but all have been released due to a lack of evidence. Speaking about the break in contact with the Angels, Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen said on Thursday: "We are taking the situation very seriously. We don't know precisely what went on, but we see sufficient grounds to suspend the contact".

Dutch crime figures drop

Reported crime in the Netherlands fell last year as police arrested more suspects. The crime figures for 2003 are back to the same level as 2000. The big drop was recorded in the big cities where police have been cracking down on repeat offenders and public order problems. Nevertheless, the latest figures show an increase in violent crimes and domestic violence. The police are also being faced by an increasing number of repeat offenders.

Dutch economic growth defies pundits

The Dutch economy grew 1.3 percent in the second quarter of this year, the largest increase since the end of 2001, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) indicated on Thursday. In addition, the increase was 0.3 percent larger than predicted, Radio Netherlands reported. The CBS said the favourable growth figure is mainly due to increased exports. It said business investments and consumer spending are also increasing

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