Dutch news in brief, 31 March 2005

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Pimps fined EUR 300,000 each, A man and a woman, both aged 33, from Weert, have been ordered by a court to pay almost EUR 300,000 each after running an illegal prostitution business. The public prosecutor (OM) is considering appealing the decision as it had asked Roermond Court to fine the duo EUR 1.2 million in total. The man had earlier been sentenced to 27 months in jail, with nine months suspended, for forcing women into the sex trade, running an illegal prostitution racket and human smuggling. The wom

Pimps fined EUR 300,000 each

A man and a woman, both aged 33, from Weert, have been ordered by a court to pay almost EUR 300,000 each after running an illegal prostitution business. The public prosecutor (OM) is considering appealing the decision as it had asked Roermond Court to fine the duo EUR 1.2 million in total. The man had earlier been sentenced to 27 months in jail, with nine months suspended, for forcing women into the sex trade, running an illegal prostitution racket and human smuggling. The woman got a six month suspended sentence and a 240-hour community work order for providing lodging for illegal prostitutes. Both are appealing the sentences, news agency ANP reported.

F-16s guarding Baltic States

A detachment of Dutch F-16 fighter jets take up duty this week patrolling the skies over the Baltic States. Nato has been guarding the airspace over Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia since they joined the military bloc in March 2004. The countries do not have jet fighters of their own. The Dutch force, which replaces a Norwegian detachment, is made up of four planes and 80 personnel. It will operate from an airbase in the northern Lithuanian city of Siauliai until 30 June. On 1 July Germany will take over responsibility for patrolling the airspace, the Dutch Defence Ministry has said.

Petrol prices rise for fourth time

Market leader Shell increased the recommended price for petrol to a new record level. This is the fourth time in two weeks that Shell has increased the prices. Euro unleaded was increased from EUR 1.319 per litre, a price set on Friday, to 1.325 on Thursday. Super Plus went up from EUR 1.373 to EUR 1.379. The price for diesel is 99.5 cents a litre. Shell raised the recommended price for petrol three times last week, pushing prices to new highs. The previous record was in October 2004.

Schoolgirl held for trying to burn teacher

A schoolgirl, 14, accused of attempting to set a teacher's hair on fire had her remand custody extended for a further 30 days on Thursday. The girl's case is being handled by a court in Dordrecht after the teacher lodged a criminal complaint. She claims two girls, aged 13 and 14, held a cigarette lighter to her hair after they had an argument. Some of the victim's hair was burnt. The younger girl has been released, but the second girl is being held in custody because prosecutors feared there was a chance of re-offending

Playful pup stabbed in park

A dog owner stabbed a young Rottweiler who had playfully approached his own animal in a public park in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. The Rottweiler pup had apparently only wanted to sniff at the other dog. The dog suffered an 11cm wound and was rushed by animal ambulance to a veterinary hospital. A police spokesperson told Amsterdam local television station AT5 that officers were shocked by the senselessness of the attack in the park in the Bijlmer in the south-east of the capital. The attacker, believed to be in his 50s, ran off with this dog after the stabbing.

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