Dutch news in brief, Wednesday 28 October 2009

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Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.

Court allows paedophile to return to Eindhoven
Papers cover the court ruling that a twice-convicted paedophile who has served his sentence is allowed to return to live in the southern city of Eindhoven despite his refusal to agree to supervision conditions.

The court overturn a mayor’s ruling in imposing a ban on the 61-year-old paedophile who has been convicted twice.

Earlier, city's mayor, Rob van Gijzel, banned the man from Eindhoven, unless he agreed to the tougher conditions, citing the likelihood of public unrest.

Van Gijzel had said earlier: "If he wears an electronic tag and steers clear of schools, nurseries and playgrounds, he can come back to Eindhoven".

While the court agreed that the man was likely to re-offend and there was likely to be trouble if he returned to live in the city, it concluded that any unrest would not be caused by the man himself.

Under the new ruling, the paedophile has agreed to accept less draconian, voluntary supervision and to stay away from his former victims.

Trouw asks whether mayors, in the light of this ruling, have enough powers to deal with this sort of problem.

In a similar case, Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen ordered the police to trail a convicted paedophile to stop him from re-offending. However, that was seen as a heavy-handed measure.

Right-wing opposition MPs are calling for an emergency parliamentary debate on the issue.

Trial of Heinrich Boere starts
Some papers report on the trial in Germany of Heinrich Boere for the murder of three Dutch civilians during the WWII. The son of a Dutch father and German mother, he was a member of an SS unit which killed over 50 civilians in reprisal for attacks by the Dutch resistance.

Nrc.next says Boere escaped from detention in the Netherlands to Germany in 1947 and was sentenced to death in absentia by a Dutch court in 1949. He gained German nationality that prevented him from being extradited to the Netherlands. He is now 88 and earlier rulings that he is physically unfit to stand trial have been quashed at appeal.

The paper quotes historian Stephan Stracke who found it scandalous that Boere is only now being brought to justice. "Now, there are just a few of these criminals left [...] If the [German] authorities had started decades ago, there could have been hundreds of them. But for ages these old Nazis were shielded in Germany. Now the people in high places who protected them have finally gone. But, in the interim, many people have escaped justice."

Expert says swine flu deaths unavoidable in under-fives
The AD sounds the alarm as an expert described about the near certainty of deaths among young children from swine flu

"Little ones will get into difficulties because they're still so fragile. Slightly swollen mucous membrane and that narrow pipe immediately becomes blocked," said Jim van Steenbergen from the National Institute of Public Health.

Although no young Dutch children have died from swine flu, they make up a large proportion of hospitalised flu patients.

"There is a clear peak in ages up to five years," said Dr van Steenbergen.

The paper describes the increase in hospital admissions due to the A(H1N1) virus as explosive, going from just two to 10 a day over the past week.

Amsterdam's AMC hospital has admitted 16 children with the flu over the last few days. Four of them are put on breathing equipment in intensive care.

The National Health Council is looking into extending the swine flu vaccination programme to children.

MPs want to screen youths for problems
De Telegraaf says the two major coalition parties, the Christian Democrats and Labour, are pushing for 15-year-olds to be screened at school by specialised doctors.

The MPs want Youth and Family Minister André Rouvoet to introduce the measure so that teenagers who risk getting into trouble because of crime, drugs, alcohol or sex can be referred to experts before it is too late.

A Labour MP tells the paper that peer pressure can steer youngsters the wrong way.

"They experiment with absolutely everything," he explained. "Specialised youth doctors should see this group to sort of rate how they're doing, and weed out the vulnerable ones so that they don't end up in care."

Whiskey connoisseur worries over stolen 183 bottles
"Thieves make off with 183 bottles of emotion" reports de Volkskrant.

Earlier in October, whiskey connoisseur Michiel Wigman discovered 183 bottles of his favourite tipple had been stolen from the depot where he stores his collection of rare single malts.

It could be an inside job carried out for another member of the international connoisseur group, Malt Maniacs, but Wigman fears the perpetrators may be just ordinary thieves.

"The very worst thing would be if I was at a bar somewhere and saw a three-euro glass of whiskey being poured out of a EUR-4,000  bottle taken from my collection - if the thieves really had no idea of what they'd stolen," he sobbed.

A colleague connoisseur estimated the loss at tens of thousands of euros and added: "But what's far more important is that a globally unique collection, so many years of bottled emotion, has been destroyed."

Radio Netherlands / Mike Wilcox / Expatica

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