Prison fire safety under investigation
19 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Cabinet has ordered a large-scale investigation into fire safety at every jail across the country.
19 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Cabinet has ordered a large-scale investigation into fire safety at every jail across the country.
The decision was taken on Wednesday following in response to the Schiphol detention centre fire in which 11 people were killed on the night of 26 October last year.
A report from the Dutch Safety Board recently blamed the government for the deaths, saying fire safety regulations were breached.
The safety board said the penitentiary service (Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen) was primarily responsible for fire safety.
The government has now ordered a large-scale investigation into fire safety at the nation's jails.
Ministers Piet Hein Donner (Justice) and Sybilla Dekker (Housing, Planning and Environment) resigned due to the report's damming conclusions.
Haarlemmermeer Mayor Fons Hertog also resigned. The Schiphol detention centre complex was located in the Haarlemmermeer municipality.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch new