The Dutch news in February 2006

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1 February 2006Holleeder arrested 'to prevent gangland hit'

1 February 2006
Holleeder arrested 'to prevent gangland hit'

Police arrested former Heineken kidnapper and suspected racketeer Willem Holleeder on Sunday in part to protect him from assassination, it was reported. Newspaper 'De Telegraaf', which has frequent scoops about events in the Dutch underworld, said Holleeder has been shadowed in recent weeks by a team of hired guns from the former Yugoslavia.

1 February 2006
Poll predicts hard times for Pim's party in Rotterdam

Pim Fortuyn's party Leefbaar Rotterdam (LR) could lose eight of its 17 seats if the local elections were held now, a new opinion poll has suggested. The Labour Party (PvdA), which is in the opposition in Rotterdam, stands to win 21 seats, up 10 on its poor showing in 2002. The opinion poll was carried out by TNS NIPO on behalf of the local government in the port city. The local elections in the Netherlands take place on 7 March.

3 February 2006
D66 leader Boris Dittrich quits over Afghan vote

Boris Dittrich announces his resignation as leader of the liberal democrat D66 party at a hastily arranged press conference. Dittrich admitted he had made tactical mistakes and said this had to have consequences. "As political leader I have to be accountable and I expect that from others," he said. D66 sources confirmed to news agency ANP before the press conference Lousewies van der Laan, one of the party's six MPs, will be the new leader. Dittrich will stay on as an MP.

3 February 2006
Wilders gets death threats over Mohammed caricatures

Independent Dutch MP Geert Wilders receives 40 death threats by email within two days for reproducing the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on his website.

6 February 2006
Population growth heading for 100-year low

The Dutch population growth this year could be just 0.2 percent, the lowest figure since 1900, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) says. The CBS attributed the figures to a strong decline in the immigration rate and a rise in the rate of emigration. Just 12,000 new residents were recorded in the first part of this year, notably less than half of the 28,000 new residents recorded in the same period in 2003.

6 February 2006
AEL accused of posting anti-Semitic cartoons

A Pro-Israel organisation has lodged a criminal complaint against the Arab European League (AEL) for allegedly publishing anti-Semitic cartoons on its Dutch website. The Hague-based Centre Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) contacted the public prosecutor's office on Sunday after the cartoons appeared on CIDI said one of the cartoons - since removed - depicted Adolf Hitler sharing a bed with Anne Frank, author of the world-famous diaries about her Jewish family hiding in Amsterdam from the Holocaust. A second cartoon showed a person doubting the Holocaust actually took place.

8 February 2006
New EU workers 'good for economy'

The European Commission urged EU member states on Wednesday to open up their labour markets to workers from Central Europe. It said Britain, Ireland and Sweden had reported increased domestic growth without higher unemployment after letting in new workers from the states which joined the EU in May 2004. However, most of the older EU member states have restricted access to their labour markets and many are considering extending the timeframe of restrictions.

10 February 2006
Arnall confirmed as US Ambassador to Netherlands

The US Senate confirmed billionaire Roland E. Arnall as Ambassador to the Netherlands on Wednesday evening. Arnall was nominated to replace Clifford Sobel in The Hague six months ago. The confirmation process dragged on for months due to allegations Arnall's Ameriquest Mortgage Co. was involved in unfair lending practices. The deadlock was finally ended when Ameriquest agreed to pay USD 325 million (EUR 271 million) to settle these allegations against it in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The Senate backed Arnall's appointment as Ambassador with an uncontested voice vote.

10 February 2006
Dutch PM has 'no use' for Hirsi Ali's cartoon views

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende says he does not think much of the contribution of outspoken MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali to the debate about the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Speaking in Berlin on Thursday, Hirsi Ali said she wished Balkenende had as much courage as Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Hirsi Ali said publishing the cartoons is a matter of freedom of expression.

14 February 2006
'Pizza boy' gets three years for Jihad recruiting in jail

A court in Rotterdam imposed a three-year sentence on Tuesday on a Moroccan-Dutch man for trying to recruit fellow prisoners for a Muslim holy war. Bilal L., 21, was serving a 10-month jail sentence for threatening MP Geert Wilders when he asked fellow prisoners to supply weapons and explosives. The panel of three judges also accepted L. tried to recruit inmates to carry out attacks on the "enemies of Islam". A month after the killing, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported L. was suspected of involvement in a plot to attack the Red Light District in Amsterdam. The newspaper said L. allegedly conducted reconnaissance of the capital's prostitution zone while riding through the area on his scooter to deliver pizzas. He was arrested on 5 November.

16 February 2006
Murdered lawyer was 'AIVD informant'

Lawyer Evert Hingst, who was gunned down at his Amsterdam home late last year, worked for the Dutch intelligence service (AIVD) to infiltrate top criminal gangs, a magazine has claimed. Two weeks ago information about an informant the AIVD had within Amsterdam's crime world was leaked. Newspaper 'De Telegraaf' saw the files and published a story about the allegations.

17 February 2006
Holloways sue Dutch teen over Natalee's disappearance

The family of US teenager Natalee Holloway has filed a lawsuit against the Dutch teenager who was questioned extensively about her disappearance on Aruba in May. Documents filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York accuse Joran van der Sloot, 18, of "malicious, wanton and willful disregard of the rights, safety and well-being" of Natalee Holloway, CNN reports. The complaint implicates Van der Sloot's father, Paulus, who is a lawyer and trained judge on the autonomous Dutch island of Aruba. He is accused of "knowingly facilitating his own son's predatory ... behavior toward Natalee Holloway". A court in New York later throws out the suit.

17 February 2006
Health premiums 'to rise more than 10pc'

Health insurance premiums in the Netherlands will increase by more than 10 percent in 2007, economic analysis agency CPB predicts.

20 February 2006
Abort 'unloved' Antilleans, says Rotterdam politician

Alderman Marianne van den Anker for the Leefbaar Rotterdam (LR) party has called for a debate in Rotterdam on compulsory abortion and contraception for mothers she believes are responsible for raising unloved babies that fall victim to child abuse. SWA, a foundation promoting health among Antilleans and Arubans in Rotterdam, said the alderman's comments were degrading. It called on Mayor Ivo Opstelten and the LR's coalition partners, the Christian Democrat (CDA) and Liberal (VVD) parties, to distance themselves from Van den Anker's views. She has also received dozens of emails criticising her ideas.

23 February 2006
Police confirm man killed family

The four family members found dead in their home in Huissen, Gelderland, on Tuesday died at the hand of the father, police said on Wednesday night. The 38-year-old man killed his wife, 37, daughter, 8, and son, 4, before killing himself. Since the perpetrator of the crime is dead, there can be no legal case launched against him under Dutch law

24 February 2006
Fears of terror attacks recede

Residents of Amsterdam and Rotterdam feel safer and are less fearful than a few months ago of terrorist attacks on the public transport system in the cities. This is the main finding of research published by polling company TNS NIPO. Amsterdammers and Rotterdammers also said they were aware of what to do and how to react to terror threats on buses, trams and metros.

28 February 2006
'I behaved improperly,' repentant princess admits

Princess Margarita concedes it was 'improper' of her to record a conversation she had with her aunt, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Through her lawyer, Margarita admitted on Tuesday that she had let other people, including her now ex-husband Edwin de Roy van Zuydewijn, hear the tape. The princess also rejected a claim by her ex-husband that she had a DNA sample taken for an investigation into the hereditary line of the Dutch royals, the House of Orange.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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