Dutch news in brief, 7 November 2005

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Man arrested for detention centre fire

Man arrested for detention centre fire

The police have arrested a man on suspicion of intentionally starting the fire at the Schiphol detention centre in October, the Public Prosecutor's Office said on Monday afternoon. Eleven rejected asylum seekers died in the blaze. A commemoration ceremony is being held at the airport on Tuesday. The detention centre held asylum seekers and people suspected of transporting drugs.

Anti-Verdonk banners removed

Police in Amsterdam have removed four banners directed at Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk from squats in the city. The slogans on the banners read: 'Rita Verdonk murderer' and 'eleven burnt alive, thanks Rita'. These are references to the fire at the Schiphol detention centre in which 11 rejected asylum seekers died in October. Amsterdam City Council, the police and justice officials decided the banners had to be removed due to the current threatening situation in relation to Minister Verdonk. The squatters did not offer any resistance to the police.

CBS: 251,000 drop outs in 2004

There were 251,000 early school-leavers in 2004, equal to 40 percent of all young people no longer in education, the statistics agency CBS said in a report on Monday. The unemployment rate among young people dropping out of education is 17 percent, compared to one in 10 for school graduates with a diploma.

'Bomb maker' put in youth detention

A court in Amsterdam decided on Monday that M.R., 17, should be sent to a youth detention centre to receive treatment for behavioural problems. R. was arrested in July when police discovered a homemade bomb in his home in the Osdorp district of Amsterdam. The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said the defendant, a convert to Islam, had terrorist intentions, but the court did not accept this. The OM accused R. of making threats against MPs Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders in March. The court accepted the evidence he had threatened Wilders but not Hirsi Ali. 

Fatal shooting in Zoetermeer

A man was shot dead in Zoetermeer on Saturday evening. Ten minutes are the killing, the suspected gunman, 36-year-old resident of The Hague, voluntarily went to the police station. The shooting incident took place on the Van Leeuwenhoeklaan, near a Shell filling station, at about 10pm. The victim died next to his car. The police have not revealed any further details about the case.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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