Dutch news in brief, 6 January 2006

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Interpretor in terror sacked, The prosecution service (OM) has removed an interpretor from the trial of alleged Muslim terrorists in Amsterdam. Officially he was accused of talking to journalists but newspaper 'Trouw' claimed on Friday the man was too friendly with the suspects and may not have translated everything they said. The trial of 14 Muslim men opened last year and prosecutors are trying to prove they form a terrorist network. On 14 December a Moroccan-Dutch translator working for the security ser

Interpretor in terror sacked

The prosecution service (OM) has removed an interpretor from the trial of alleged Muslim terrorists in Amsterdam. Officially he was accused of talking to journalists but newspaper 'Trouw' claimed on Friday the man was too friendly with the suspects and may not have translated everything they said. The trial of 14 Muslim men opened last year and prosecutors are trying to prove they form a terrorist network. On 14 December a Moroccan-Dutch translator working for the security service AIVD was jailed for four years and six months for leaking transcripts of intercepted conversations back to terrorist suspects the agency was monitoring.

Hague declares war on poop

The local authority in The Hague has declared war on public enemy number one: dog excrement. The executive of the municipality announced on Friday that it was ordering 12 'poop vacuums' to clean the streets. Officials also want to tighten the regulatiuons to force pet owners to clean up after their dogs have done their business.

Wood sacrificed for military airfield

The controversial chopping of trees in the wood at Schinveld was to begin at 6pm on Friday to clear the way for the expansion of the military airfield nearby. Environmentalists claim the expansion will lead to increased noise pollution in the area. Dozens of protestors who tried to stop the operation were removed by the police.

English culture paper wins three awards

Amsterdam's free English-language cultural paper 'Amsterdam Weekly' has won three European Newspaper Awards. The paper was selected for Awards of Excellence in three categories: Front Page, Illustration, and Photography. The awards will be presented in the city hall in Vienna in spring.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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