Dutch news in brief – 8 July 2004

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Kooistra's cafes face closure, Café tycoon Sjoerd Kooistra, who has been accused of fraud by Amsterdam City Council, faces the closure of 10 of his 15 businesses in the centre of the capital. Newspaper Het Parool reported Thursday that council officials are deciding whether to withdraw licences from the 10 cafes. Last week, Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen vowed to take action against what he called the "Kooistra method", under which Kooistra allegedly bought up businesses and defrauded funds and bankrupted

Kooistra's cafes face closure

Café tycoon Sjoerd Kooistra, who has been accused of fraud by Amsterdam City Council, faces the closure of 10 of his 15 businesses in the centre of the capital. Newspaper Het Parool reported Thursday that council officials are deciding whether to withdraw licences from the 10 cafes. Last week, Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen vowed to take action against what he called the "Kooistra method", under which Kooistra allegedly bought up businesses and defrauded funds and bankrupted the café, news agency Novum reported.

Man held after cleric dies in stabbing

A 21-year-old homeless man was arrested on suspicion of killing 56-year-old cleric Andre Laurier who was stabbed to death in a monastery in Berg en Dal in the Gelderland province shortly before midnight on Wednesday. The suspect was staying in the monastery, which provides room-and-board to homeless people.

Kluivert to consider UK move

Dutch footballer Patrick Kluivert will next week make a decision decide about his future, according to his agent Paul Foortse. De Telegraaf newspaper said UK clubs Middlesbrough and Newcastle United have shown an interest in the 28-year-old after his current club Barcelona told him in May he could leave.

Girl, 12, takes parent's car for a midnight joyride

A girl, 12, was detained by police in the early hours of Thursday morning after she took her parents' car for a wild drive in her hometown Emmeloord. Officers noticed the youthful driver when she drove over the curb on several occasions, crossed over cycle paths and failed to stop at traffic lights. She initially refused to yield when police officers signalled her to stop and flashed the patrol car's blue flashing lights at her. She was finally brought to a halt on a cycling path. She was brought to the police station but could not explain her behaviour. The car was impounded and an assessment of the damage she caused is being carried out, news agency ANP reported.

Legal cannabis growers threaten to sue

Two legal cannabis growers say they are thinking of taking the Dutch government to court for failing to take action against illegal competitors. The Netherlands allows pharmacies to sell cannabis to patients with certain medical conditions. The two growers are licensed by the government to supply cannabis to pharmacies, Radio Netherlands reported.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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