Fighting, porn-thieving marines spark outrage

10th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch marines have sparked outrage in Norway for allegedly stealing pornography and food from a shop prior to becoming involved in a nightclub fight with Norwegian nationals.

10 October 2006

AMSTERDAM — Dutch marines have sparked outrage in Norway for allegedly stealing pornography and food from a shop prior to becoming involved in a nightclub fight with Norwegian nationals.

The Defence Ministry has launched an inquiry into the theft. Security camera footage shows a couple of men stealing from a shop. The owner of the store claims the culprits were Dutch marines on leave.

The footage was broadcast on current affairs show NOVA on Monday night and a ministry spokesman said if any marines were found guilty of the theft, disciplinary measures would quickly follow.
 
The men are accused of stealing pornography magazines, sandwiches and energy drinks from a late-night shop located on the Norwegian-Finnish border. Owner Hans Rasmus said the culprits were unmistakenly Dutch marines.

News of the theft comes after reports that Dutch marines on exercise in Norway were involved in a massive fight at a Norwegian nightclub last weekend. The theft is alleged to have taken place before the fight.

Residents of the Norwegian village Karasjok exchanged blows with about 30 marines and several Norwegians were injured in the fight.
 
The Dutch military police and Norwegian police are investigating the incident. Dutch military commandant Dick Berlijn has apologised to his Norwegian colleague. Some marines have already been questioned about the incident.
 
Military union AFMP has urged for the marines to be quickly disciplined. Chairman Wim van den Burg wants to discuss with Defence State Secretary Henk van Hoof this week how marines on exercise can be kept under control.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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