Holloway reconstruction in race row
12 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — The government of the Netherlands Antilles has reacted angrily to the broadcast of a television appeal for information about the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway.
12 April 2006
AMSTERDAM — The government of the Netherlands Antilles has reacted angrily to the broadcast of a television appeal for information about the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway.
A non-white actor played the role of white Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot, 18, in the re-enactment of the final hours prior to 18-year-old Holloway vanishing on the Dutch autonomous island of Aruba in the Caribbean.
Van der Sloot was one of the three youths Holloway left a nightclub in a car with on 30 May 2005. She has not been seen since. The other two in the car were Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18.
The re-enactment was featured on a special edition of Dutch crime-stoppers programme 'Opsporing Verzocht' on Tuesday evening. It was broadcast on Aruba hours later.
A Dutch police spokesperson said the broadcast in the Netherlands generated 50 tips from the public by Wednesday morning.
The Antillean government in Willemstad, Curacao accused prosecutors who cooperated with the programme of distorting the facts by not using a white actor, RTL Nieuws reported.
Aruba broke away from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news