Dutch news in brief, Monday 8 June 2009
Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.Judges resigned for driving under the influence of alcohol
Two judges have tendered their resignation after being caught driving under the influence of alcohol, reports De Telegraaf.
However, attorney General J W Fokkens said the duo refused to step down until their cases were about to be submitted to the Supreme Court.
Fokkens said it is vital to public confidence in the judiciary that action is taken when judges fail to meet professional standards or neglect their duties.
In the Netherlands, judges are appointed for life and are difficult to dismiss. The president of the court must submit the case to the attorney general who then asks the Supreme Court to dismiss the judge in question.
The Court’s annual report showed Fokkens repeatedly instigated an investigation into allegations of partiality, but failed to find evidence to support the allegations in both cases.
In 2008, 52 complaints were filed against judges, compared to 39 in 2007 and 47 in 2006.
Man kills two children and himself
De Telegraaf reports a father killed his two children – seven and three years old – before taking his own life.
Neighbours said the man was in financial problems after losing his job and was seeing a therapist.
This is the third time this year that a father has decided to kill his family before committing suicide.
In May, a man killed his girlfriend, his ex-wife and his two children before killing himself. In February, a man in The Hague killed his five-year-old son and then committed suicide.
Amsterdam aid organisations want campsite for homeless people
Trouw reports that aid organisations working with homeless people will present a plan later this week in which they argue for the creation of a permanent campsite for a group of 20 homeless people who choose to live on the streets.
The organisations said the situation in Amsterdam has improved substantially, and most homeless people have disappeared from the streets as a result of adequate shelter facilities. However, there is still no solution for the group of men and women who refuse any form of care or assistance.
Many of them have psychiatric problems, and quite a few are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Most of them are men of about 30 to 40 years old, but some are in their 60s and have lived on the streets for more than 20 years.
These people refuse to abide by the rules of the shelters. They also refuse to accept a home because they do not want to live in a ‘concrete box’. At present, they sleep in huts and tents in parks and forests just outside the city centre, but are often chased away by the police or local residents.
Netherlands qualify for 2010 World Cup finals
AD publishes a photograph of a group of orange-clad Dutch fans cheering and waving after the national team’s victory over Iceland in Reykjavik.
Saturday’s 2-1 victory means the Netherlands has already qualified for the World Cup, the first European country to do so. According to AD, the Orange team has never before qualified so convincingly for a major final round: no points dropped and 14-2 on aggregate.
Radio Netherlands / Georg Schreuder Hes / Expatica