Dutch news in brief, 7 March 2006

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Verdonk to deport Iranian Christians

Verdonk to deport Iranian Christians

Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said Tuesday there is absolutely no reason for her to suspend the expulsion of rejected Christian asylum seekers back to Iran until the Dutch parliament debates the issue. A majority of MPs want to discuss the matter before the Christians are sent back to the Islamic state. Verdonk emphasised in a letter that the expulsions do not amount to a change in policy. Verdonk has agreed to slow her plans to deport gay asylum seekers back to their native Iran as this is a change in Dutch policy.

FNV losing members

The FNV was not able to maintain the increase in membership in 2004. Last year the largest trade union confederation in the Netherlands say its membership slip by 1.7 percent to 1,198,753, according to figures released on Tuesday. The FNV's 17 unions recruited 81,000 new members last year, but lost a total of 102,000.

Diamond robbery suspect freed

Justice officials ordered the release of one of the men suspected of involvement in the major diamond robbery at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport last year. The man, W. B., 44, from Amsterdam was let go as there is "not enough evidence at this time" to bring him before a court, the prosecution service said. Seven people have been arrested since the robbery of EUR 75 million worth of diamonds on 25 February last year. Two remain in custody.

Leak in Rotterdam 'not chlorine'

Chemical giant Akzo Nobel said no chlorine gas escaped during a leak at a facility in the Botlek industrial region in Rotterdam on Tuesday. "It was hydrochloric gas that smells similar to chlorine," a spokesperson for the company said. He said the major alert that was sounded had been unnecessary as their was never any question of a dangerous situation. The Fire Brigade said initially chlorine had escaped.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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