Teen made up allegations against asylum seekers
22 June 2005AMSTERDAM — A 17-year-old girl who allegations of assaults by asylum seekers nearly caused riots in the Dutch town of Ulrum has admitted they were totally false.
22 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — A 17-year-old girl who allegations of assaults by asylum seekers nearly caused riots in the Dutch town of Ulrum has admitted they were totally false.
Her tales of being attacked caused outrage in the town in Groningen province and in April a group of local youth threatened to take matters into their own hands because the police were taking too long to catch the culprits.
On several occasions local police had to call in the specialist riot squad (ME) to prevent the group invading the asylum seeker centre in search of the "attackers".
The local municipal council hosted a public meeting on Monday to reveal the findings of the police investigation.
"Everyone was shocked. Some young men even apologised to the police," a spokesperson said.
The young woman first went to police in March this year to report she had been threatened and she said the culprit was probably living in the asylum seekers centre in the town.
She continued to make a total of seven complaints to police over the next three months, each time suggesting the culprit was an asylum seeker. On one occasion she claimed she had been stabbed with a knife.
"On several occasions we questioned people matching the descriptions, but it increasingly became apparent that the stories didn't add up," a police spokesperson told ANP news agency.
Police confronted the teenager with the results of the investigation last week and she finally confessed to lying.
It appears her false allegations were not motivated by any racist sentiments and she was unable to give any explanation for her actions. She was given a verbal warning and put in touch with the adolescent welfare authorities.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news