Military police 'silenced' over fire safety

8th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — A military police chief has asked personnel at the Schiphol Airport detention centre not to say anything negative about fire safety at the complex.

8 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — A military police chief has asked personnel at the Schiphol Airport detention centre not to say anything negative about fire safety at the complex.

He hopes the positive talk about the detention centre will lead to its quick re-opening.
 
The military police chief issued the request via a memo last week in anticipation of the arrival of an independent assessment team.

His superior officers subsequently disciplined him and have launched an inquiry. The military trade union VBM/NOV said the memo was "scandalous".

The assessment team is inspecting the detention centre on request from the Haarlemmermeer City Council to determine whether its fire safety measures are up to scratch.

The assessment comes after 11 detainees were killed at the cell block in October 2005 due to breaches in fire safety regulations.

The detention centre is now largely empty.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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