Dutch news in brief, 5 January 2006

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Men admit Deventer killing, The three men, who surrendered themselves to the police, have confessed to their roles in the violent death of Floor Garst, 20, in Deventer during a row on Christmas night, a police spokesperson said on Thursday. The killing caused a public outcry in Deventer and hundreds of flowers have been left at the scene of the crime. The three suspects from Apeldoorn are aged 23, 22 and 19. They went to the police after an acquaintance rang them to say he recognised them from security cam

Men admit Deventer killing

The three men, who surrendered themselves to the police, have confessed to their roles in the violent death of Floor Garst, 20, in Deventer during a row on Christmas night, a police spokesperson said on Thursday. The killing caused a public outcry in Deventer and hundreds of flowers have been left at the scene of the crime. The three suspects from Apeldoorn are aged 23, 22 and 19. They went to the police after an acquaintance rang them to say he recognised them from security camera footage screened on crime-stopper programme 'Opsporing Verzocht' on Tuesday.

ABN settles US fraud case

Dutch bank ABN Amro has paid almost USD 17 million to settle a fraud action in the US over its failure to properly certify more than 28,000 federally-insured mortgages. The bank notified the authorities that its staff had falsified government guarantees for thousands of mortgage applications between 2000 and 2003. To avoid a court case, ABN has agreed pay the government USD 16.85 million (EUR 13,4 million) in damages, including USD 6.25 million to cover the cost of defaults, under the Federal False Claims Act. The bank will also not submit claims on 783 other mortgages that went into default. Those claims could have created an additional USD 24.25 million insurance liability for the government. The Dutch bank was earlier fined in the US for failing to properly monitor payments in Libya and Iran.

'Military museum' found in house

A large haul of weapons and explosives were found in a house in the Dutch town of Schijndel on Thursday. The munitions included guns, shells, hand grenades and ammunition dating from the Second World War. Uniforms, photographs, painting and other items from the first Gulf War were also discovered. Family members alerted the police after the man who lived in the house had died. His relatives had no idea what to do with his legacy.

Customs service halts cavity searches

Customs officers at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport have stopped carrying out vaginal and anal searches of passengers suspected of carrying drugs, it was announced on Thursday. The decision was taken after the National Ombudsman condemned the practice as unlawful. The random '100 percent searches' have been used since 2003 to detect drug couriers arriving from the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, Suriname and Venezuela.

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