Dutch news in brief, 6 September 2004
Hirsi Ali goes into hiding , Liberal VVD MP Ayan Hirsi Ali went into hiding over the weekend after her private address in The Hague was placed on an Islamic internet site. She was taken to a safe house and was placed under the protection of the Royal and Diplomatic Protection Service (DKDB). What appears to be her initials and those of film producer Theo van Gogh appeared on the internet website groups.msn.com/MuwahhidinDeWareMoslims. Hirsi Ali and Van Gogh released a film 'Submission' last week which take
Hirsi Ali goes into hiding
Liberal VVD MP Ayan Hirsi Ali went into hiding over the weekend after her private address in The Hague was placed on an Islamic internet site. She was taken to a safe house and was placed under the protection of the Royal and Diplomatic Protection Service (DKDB). What appears to be her initials and those of film producer Theo van Gogh appeared on the internet website groups.msn.com/MuwahhidinDeWareMoslims. Hirsi Ali and Van Gogh released a film 'Submission' last week which takes a very critical look at the abuse suffered by some women in Islamic communities. Somali-born Hirsi Ali has been under protection since 2002 after making negative statements about Islam. Van Gogh was placed under police protection last week. See today's feature.
MPs demand suspects prove origin of wealth
Crime still appears to pay in the Netherlands because police and justice officials rarely succeed in using the so-called "pluck them regulation" to confiscate criminally-earned money. Government party Christian Democrat CDA and opposition party Labour PvdA have demanded tougher measures, such as immediate seizure of suspected criminal wealth, after which the arrested suspect would be forced to prove that the cash was not earned illegally. This would apply especially to money that was suspected to have been earned by fraud, drugs or human smuggling. These crimes can be highly profitable. At present, justice officials must prove that the money is earned by illegal activities, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Monday. But together with the coalition government party VVD, the CDA and PvdA want Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner to change the law to place the responsibility on the suspect to prove the cash was earned legally.
Youth jails start multiple person cell trial
Youth penitentiaries will launch an experiment next year in detaining three or four children in one cell, the director of Judicial Youth Institutes, Ben Geerdink, told newspaper NRC on Saturday. The plan is designed to cut costs, with youth jails facing a 16 percent cut in their total budget of EUR 270 million, starting from next year. The sharing of cells is also designed to yield more space, with the intention to create hundreds more places besides the existing capacity of 2,400. The experiments will be conducted in Zeist, Nijmegen and Spijkenisse and will determine which youths should come into consideration for multiple person cells, the desired number in one cell, what renovations are needed and the consequences for jail staff. Both girls and boys will be involved.
Cabinet scraps compulsory pre-pension schemes
The Cabinet is devising legislation allowing workers who participate in a pre-pension scheme to claim the saved funds from 1 January 2006, political sources said on Monday. On that date, the tax deduction on pre-pension schemes will be scrapped in a bid to reduce the attractiveness of early retirement, news agency ANP reported. The Dutch government wants workers to keep working until the age of 65, instead of the present situation where they can take fiscally-attractive early retirement at the age of 62. Pre-pension schemes are included in almost every CAO workplace agreement, but workers will in future no longer be obligated to pay into pre-pension schemes, leading to a rise in net wages. But pension funds such as VB and Opf sharply criticised the plans, as did trade union federation FNV. The FNV is concerned that workers who claim their saved funds early, will be instead left with a tax bill.
Arson suspected as fire destroys police cars
Three police vehicles were destroyed by fire at the inner courtyard of the Zeist police station on Sunday night. Police suspect arson as the cause of the blaze and said no one was present at the station at the time of the fire. The incident comes after four police vehicles were burned at the Vleuten police station last week. Similar fires were reported in Muiden, Nederhorst den Berg and Deventer earlier this year. Police are investigating a possible connection between the fires and Utrecht police are devising measures to end the series of suspected arson attacks.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]