Ministers to address Schiphol commemoration

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7 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner and Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk are to address Tuesday's commemoration for the victims of the fire at the Schiphol detention centre.

7 November 2005

AMSTERDAM —  Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner and Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk are to address Tuesday's commemoration for the victims of the fire at the Schiphol detention centre.

The commemoration will be held in the et Support hangar which is situated in the same part of Amsterdam Airport as the detention centre. Eleven inmates died in a blaze at the centre at the end of October. The detention centre held rejected asylum seekers and passengers allegedly caught with drugs.

The Justice Ministry announced on Monday that Donner, Verdonk and Mayor Fons Hertog of Haarlemmermeer will make short speeches prior to a one minute of silence in honour of the victims.

The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) released the bodies of those killed to their families on Saturday. Post mortems established that the victims died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Earlier it was suggested the bodies could not be released because of the ongoing investigation by justice officials and the Safety Council into the tragedy. This decision was overruled.

The Ministry of Justice has paid the costs to bring the relatives of the victims to the Netherlands.

The eleven victims came from eight countries: two from Ukraine, two from Turkey, two from Suriname, one person from Libya, one from Georgia, one from the Dominican Republic, a Bulgarian and a Romanian.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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