Dutch news in brief, 6 December 2004

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Lottery publishes incorrect results

Lottery publishes incorrect results

The State Lottery (Staatsloterij) published the results of its November draw instead of the 5 December winning numbers in various newspapers on Monday. The correct results were later published on Teletext and on the lottery's own website. But a spokesman said the lottery feared people would throw away their tickets thinking they had not won, when this might not be the case. The incorrect notice said that the jackpot had been won and that in January the jackpot would be EUR 6.6 million. But the lottery later said the 5 December jackpot had not been won and in January a maximum of EUR 5 million was up for grabs.

Police launch drugs, car-theft raid

Authorities conducted a large-scale raid near the Rotterdam street prostitution zone on Monday, searching 40 garages and a business lot for drugs, illegal immigrants and stolen cars. A team of 60 police, customs officials, energy company staff, labour and environment inspectorate workers and officers with the immigration service IND were involved in the raid. Despite the fact the raid was located near the street sex zone on the Keileweg, police said the operation was not targeting illegal prostitution. The operation was launched after police were tipped off about illegal cannabis crops, drugs crimes and car thefts.

AIVD overwhelmed by job applications

Since the murder of Theo van Gogh on 2 November, the Dutch intelligence service AIVD has been inundated with job applications. Some 1,450 people have applied for a job that was being advertised at the time of the filmmaker's death, compared with a usual 300 applications. The AIVD is urging people in future to not to send general applications and to refrain from ringing its recruitment office. Following the murder of Van Gogh, the Dutch government earmarked a massive funding boost for the AIVD to boost surveillance of suspected extremists. 

Asylum-seeker family found sheltering in bus stop

Police in the Groningen town of Leek found a Libyan woman and her seven small children sheltering in a bus station along the A7 motorway on Sunday. The children were lying on the ground under a blanket. The family had been refused asylum in Germany and had travelled by train several days ago to Groningen. The family said they were en route to Rotterdam to find shelter in a church. The refugee centre in Leek has offered shelter to the family. It is not yet known what will happen to the mother and her children as they has no official status.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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