Volendam victims agree to compensation deal

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1 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Victims of the Volendam New Year's Eve fire have agreed to a financial settlement on the condition they abandon legal battles against café owner Jan Veerman, it has been reported. The agreement — to be officially signed Monday — means that the Edam-Volendam Council will buy from Veerman the building in which 14 youths were killed after a fire broke out shortly after midnight on January 1 2001.

1 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Victims of the Volendam New Year's Eve fire have agreed to a financial settlement on the condition they abandon legal battles against café owner Jan Veerman, it has been reported.
 
The agreement — to be officially signed Monday — means that the Edam-Volendam Council will buy from Veerman the building in which 14 youths were killed after a fire broke out shortly after midnight on January 1 2001.

The chairman of the victims lobby group BSNV, Albert Binken, said in total 333 victims had agreed to the deal. All pending legal procedures against the council and Veerman must now be abandoned. Seven victims refused the deal, but are not expected to lodge legal action.

The deal involves Veerman selling his premises to the town council and donating the money to the victims of the tragic fire. A council spokesman told Expatica about EUR 1.8 million will remain available to the victims after mortgage costs are deducted.

Part of the money is to be deposited in a special victims fund and the remainder will be donated to the BSNV, which will channel the funds directly onto the victims.

Veerman has also agreed to make available part of the profits of his other businesses for the Volendam victims up to a maximum of EUR 1 million. He has also donated the EUR 1 million in insurance to the victims fund. No café may be allowed to operate in the premises where the fire broke out for the next 50 years.

The municipal council will also deposit EUR 700,000 into the special fund it established in May, promising also to deposit another EUR 40,000 on an annual basis for the next 40 years.

The money is to be used for medical treatment and psychiatric care of the victims, who are not being compensated via existing legal channels.

Accused of culpable homicide and negligence leading to the fire, Veerman was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail term and a 240-hour work order in July 2004. Haarlem Court also ruled that Veerman may not work as a cafe, restaurant or hotel employer for the next two years.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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