Extra police powers in terror risk zones

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21 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Police will be able to take quicker action from February 2007 if faced with a terrorist threat after the Cabinet designated on Wednesday permanent risk zones.

21 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — Police will be able to take quicker action from February 2007 if faced with a terrorist threat after the Cabinet designated on Wednesday permanent risk zones.

The risk zones are the central railway stations of Utrecht, The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Dutch Parliament (het Binnenhof), the Borssele nuclear plant and the Hilversum Mediapark.

In these areas, police will able to body search people and inspect cars and objects without prior approval from the public prosecution office to ward off a terrorist attack.

All civilian airports — such as Schiphol and Rotterdam — were also identified as risk zones on Wednesday.

But military police have had permanent authority at Schiphol since 2005 to carry out searches.

In areas that represent a temporary terrorist threat, such as large public events, the public prosecution can grant police the right to carry out preventative searches.

The Senate had approved of the government's plans mid-November.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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