IND sets up anti-terror team
3 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch immigration service IND has set up a special anti-terror unit to investigate foreigners suspected of extremist activities.
3 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch immigration service IND has set up a special anti-terror unit to investigate foreigners suspected of extremist activities.
Some 13 people will be appointed to the anti-terror team, which will investigate the dossiers of suspicious foreigners. The IND said on Thursday it expects to conduct 500 investigations every year, news agency ANP reported.
The IND will work in closely with the Dutch security service AIVD and the justice department, exchanging tips and information. This can in turn lead to the deportation of a suspect. Foreigners can also be classified as an undesirable alien or lose their Dutch citizenship if they have dual nationality.
An IND team has been involved for some time in the tracking down of war crimes suspects or people accused of crimes against humanity. It was also assigned the task of keeping tabs on the 150 people the AIVD alleges are involved in terrorist activities in the Netherlands.
The group of suspected terrorists is not restricted to the 150 identified suspects. The number of suspects is also increasing and the IND will become permanently involved in the nation's anti-terror efforts.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news