Pasic wants to study law in Leiden

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2 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — Kosovar schoolgirl Taïda Pasic wants to study law at Leiden University and a charitable foundation is offering financial support to make this possible.

2 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — Kosovar schoolgirl Taïda Pasic wants to study law at Leiden University and a charitable foundation is offering financial support to make this possible.

Starting the degree course in September is dependent on her passing her VWO school certificate exams undertaken at the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

The 18-year-old native of Kosovo would also require a student visa from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) to allow her to return to the Netherlands.

This will bring her back in contact with Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk who devoted a lot of energy to force Pasic to leave the Netherlands in April.

One of the conditions of such a visa is that she can pay her college fees and support herself financially. The Dutch Van Beek-Donner foundation announced on Friday that it is prepared to back her financially.

Artemis Westendorp of the charity said Pasic's application for funding was filed recently. The organisation was set up in 1940 to help women obtain financial independence. "They must be girls who are really motivated. And that is Taïda par excellence; she is an example for many others," Westendorp said.

Pasic is also suing Minister Verdonk for going public about details of her case to newspaper 'De Telegraaf' in a public relations offensive. The Data Protection Agency (CBP) ruled in late May that Verdonk breached privacy legislation by doing so. Verdonk rejects this and insists she did nothing wrong.

Pasic's family sought asylum in the Netherlands when Taïda was 12. She went to school and learned Dutch quickly. She left with her family voluntarily in 2005 as the IND refused to grant them asylum status. She returned on her own a short time later to finished her VWO course.

IND officials had her handcuffed in front of her classmates in the Dutch town of Winterswijk in January of this year and she was brought to a deportation centre. She was later allowed to stay with the family of a friend as her battle with Verdonk was fought out in the media and through the courts.

Pasic left the Netherlands voluntarily last April after a court sided with Verdonk. Arrangements were made for her to sit her exams in the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo.

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