Dutch news in brief, 8 November 2005

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Belgian found dead in Maastricht

Belgian found dead in Maastricht

A man was found dead in a delivery van with a Belgian register plate on the Wilhelm quay in the Dutch city of Maastricht on Sunday morning. Police said the Belgian man, 43, died as a result of foul play. The van was left in a car-park next to two boats that are used as cannabis coffeeshops. The Belgian police arrested a suspect on Sunday in connection with the death. The suspect was identified as the boyfriend, 35, of the victim's ex-wife. Justice officials in the Belgian district of Tongeren believe the victim was beaten to death in the house where he used to live with his ex-wife, news agency ANP reported.

Call for museum open day

The Labour Party (PvdA) wants free entry to museums one day in the week to interest more young people and allochtonen (non native Dutch residents) in art. The plan would entail a doubling on the budget for the arts, three PvdA parliamentarians wrote in a new book 'de Kracht van kunst' (the power of art).

Amsterdam led economic growth

The economic growth rate in the Amsterdam Area was the highest among the four major city regions in the Netherlands in 2004, according to data published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The newsletter of the Amsterdam Partnership reported that measured by the increase in gross value added (GVA) compared with 2003, Amsterdam's economy grew by 2.4 percent. This was compared with a national average of 1.7 percent. Haarlemmermeer, the municipality in the Province of North Holland that includes Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, was the leader among smaller regional economies, achieving a 4.3 percent growth rate, the CBS reported. The Province of Flevoland attained a remarkable 3.4 percent growth rate, making it one of the country's fastest growing provinces. Flevoland's provincial capital, Almere, is part of the larger Amsterdam Area.

No case against politician

Justice officials in the Dutch city of Arnhem said the investigation has ended into Paul Freriks, the former leader of the Socialist Party in his hometown of Zevenaar and in the provincial assembly. Freriks had been accused of unwanted sexual advances in relation to two women. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said no evidence had been found to support the claims.

Prosecution demands 7 years against Samir A.

The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) asked an appeals court in Amsterdam on Monday to jail Samir A., 19, for six years and nine months in relation to terrorism charges. The prosecution's demand takes into account the three-month sentence A. received in April for possession of a silencer and ammunition holder for an automatic weapon. The trial court cleared A. of the more serious charges of plotting attacks on key installations in the Netherlands and involvement in an armed robbery at a supermarket in Rotterdam. Appealing the acquittal, the prosecution claimed every page in the Book of Evidence indicated A. was planning terrorist attacks. The accused man was among a group of young Muslims arrested on 14 October for allegedly plotting further attacks. The appeal court hearing relates to alleged activities in 2004.

Rack-renters face fines

Municipalities will in future have the power to impose fines on huisjesmelkers (slum landlords) who have too many tenants living in a property, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner and Environment Minister Syblilla Dekker told Parliament. The ministers want to tackle the problems caused by properties that are too full. Under new rules, landlords can face fines for knocking down dividing walls to free up extra space to rent out. 

Penthouse fights sex club

American adult magazine 'Penthouse' has demanded that a Dutch sex club stops using the penthouse name. The magazine publisher, General Media Communications, sought an injunction against the club in a court in the Dutch city of Haarlem on Tuesday. The publisher discovered via the internet that the sex club in the city is called 'Penthouse'. The US company wants to keep the Penthouse brand to itself as it plans to open a string of "gentlemen's clubs" in Europe. The owner of the sex club expressed surprise at the court action because the 'Penthouse' club has been in business for 30 years. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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