Dutch news in brief, 9 June 2005

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New inquiry into expat au pair's death

New inquiry into expat au pair's death

Police have re-opened the investigation into the death of a Filipino au pair, who died several years ago in the home of a Nuenen doctor. The doctor is already accused of killing his Filipino wife, Fatima Pana, whose body was found in concrete in the home of the suspect's brother. The au pair was employed by the doctor shortly after Pana disappeared in 2002. Previous inquiries could not determine the cause of death of the au pair and her body was cremated. But a lawyer for the au pair's family said a new investigation is being launched. The doctor will stand trial in Den Bosch Court on 23 June for the death of his wife.

Netherlands joins Darfur airlift

The Netherlands has agreed to join a Nato-led operation to airlift African peacekeepers into the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, Defence Minister Henk Kemp said during a meeting in Brussels on Thursday.  The Netherlands has C-130 Hercules heavy transports and DC-10 craft available for the task.

TB fears at Weert hospital

A patient with open tuberculosis (TB) was treated at the Sint Jansgasthuis in Weert at the end of May, raising concerns of other infections. The hospital is concerned more than 100 people came into contact with the patient and is urging staff and patients to undergo tests. However, the hospital also said just one in 10 people who come into contact with TB patients also become infected. The illness is treatable with medication.

Dutch looking good for World Cup

The Netherlands is marching towards World Cup qualification following its 4-0 defeat of Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday night. The final score was somewhat flattering given the intensity of the Finnish players. However, the win means the Dutch national soccer team reclaimed the top ranking in qualification Group 1 from the Czech Republic heading into the summer. The World Cup will be held in Germany next year.

Father let son, 9, drive car

A 45-year-old Zuidlaren man was arrested on Wednesday night after allowing his nine-year-old son to drive the family car. Police saw a car being driven in a car park by a motorist who barely could see over the dashboard. Seated next to the motorists was an adult man. Upon questioning, the father said it was time for his son to learn how to drive. He dismissed the resulting fine as being unfair.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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