Video: Dutch news roundup, 5  June 2010

Video: Dutch news roundup, 5 June 2010

5th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

The main suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, Joran van der Sloot, has been detained in connection with the murder of 21-year old Stephanie Flores Ramirez in Peru.

Van der Sloot was captured 3000 kilometres away in Chile after fleeing the Peruvian capital Lima. If convicted, Van der Sloot could face 25 years behind bars.

The final stretch
The general election is a just five days away and campaigning has reached fever pitch. The conservative VVD, led by Mark Rutte, is well ahead of its closet rival, the Labour Party, led by Job Cohen. And the two politicians have been trading blows all week. Meanwhile, a dejected Christian Democratic party (CDA) may have thrown their leader PM Jan Peter Balkenende under the political bus by leaking to the press the fact that many in the party do not believe he can win the election. But it seems the prime minister is ignoring the criticism.

Trafigura on trial
Swiss oil company Trafigura is on trial in an Amsterdam district court accused of lying to the authorities about the nature of toxic waste it had a on board the tanker Probo Koala. The ship eventually sailed from Amsterdam to Ivory Coast where it unloaded the waste. The toxic sludge was dumped in Abidjan and hundreds of people claimed they became ill as a result. Also, 17 people may have died because of the illegal dumping. Trafigura submits that the waste did not cause the health problems. And the case in Amsterdam only covers actions the company took in the Netherlands and not the alleged harm done to people in Ivory Coast.

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