Dutch news in brief, 9 May 2005

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Jail for mosque arson plan, Roermond Court sentenced on Monday the 20-year-old Peter G. to three years jail, 12 months of which were suspended, for his role in preparing an arson attack at a Venray mosque. The court ruled it was not proven the man actually attempted to set fire to the mosque on 11 November when it was occupied, but said he was involved in preparations. He was arrested with a friend following the murder of Theo van Gogh. There were Molotov cocktails in their car. Three others have previousl

Jail for mosque arson plan

Roermond Court sentenced on Monday the 20-year-old Peter G. to three years jail, 12 months of which were suspended, for his role in preparing an arson attack at a Venray mosque. The court ruled it was not proven the man actually attempted to set fire to the mosque on 11 November when it was occupied, but said he was involved in preparations. He was arrested with a friend following the murder of Theo van Gogh. There were Molotov cocktails in their car. Three others have previously been sentenced to two years jail. The defendants have been described as Lonsdale youths.

NS commuters dissatisfied

Train commuters are dissatisfied with the manner in which Dutch rail NS handles their complaints. Research by the NS has found that travellers are especially critical of the slow processing time and carefulness. NS staff were accused of insufficient expertise to deal with complaints. The NS was given an assessment of 5.5 last year, slightly more than 4.8 in 2003. Commuters have criticised proposed solutions and the NS management has promised to improve the situation.

KLM won't wait for passengers

Dutch airline KLM has decided it will no longer wait for passengers who arrive late for their flight. The decision was taken to reduce inconveniences for other passengers. Up until now, a plane has remained waiting until the late passenger arrived, but that forced other passengers to wait. The new system will be tried out on several routes before being implemented on all flights, a KLM spokesman said.

Teacher arrested over sex abuse

A teacher at De Peperbus primary school in Almere was arrested last week on suspicion of child abuse. Various pupils lodged complaints about the teacher, prompting the school management to suspend him on 24 April. The complaints were of such a serious nature that the school organisation BOO said on Monday it had decided to immediately suspend the man and lodge a police report. A special team has been set up to counsel teachers, parents and children. The public prosecutor in Lelystad is investigating the matter, but has refused to comment.

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