Dutch news in brief – 24 May 2004
Royal couple takes SBS to court
Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima have decided to take commercial broadcaster SBS 6 to court after it refused to admit it acted illegally in televising private images of the royal couple’s child on TV, news agency ANP reported. The images were taken from Maxima’s stolen digital camera. After an Argentinean website broadcast the video, SBS ran a news report, in which the video images could be seen. SBS claims to have acted with “careful journalism”, but a lawyer for the royal couple claims Willem-Alexander and Maxima’s privacy was violated.
Kurds protest against PKK leader’s extradition
About 1,500 Kurdish protestors demonstrated in The Hague on Saturday against the threatened extradition of PKK leader Nuriye Kesbir. The demonstration started at about 2.30pm as protestors marched from the Malieveld to the city centre. The Dutch Supreme Court recently backed her extradition to Turkey on terrorism charges, but Dutch Justice Minister Piet-Hein Donner has final say. Kesbir — who is being detained in Breda — and a group of supporters have since launched a hunger strike in protest. The protest took place peacefully and ended at about 5.30pm at the Malieveld with speeches and music.
Four killed in single vehicle accident
Three men and a woman were killed in a car accident on the A12 at Rijswijk at about 4.30am on Saturday morning. Another woman was seriously injured. All of the victims were in a car that tried to overtake a truck. But the motorists lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a roadside tree, NOS reported. Three men were killed instantly and one of the women later died in a Rotterdam hospital. The victims were aged 23 to 25 and police suspect the car was travelling at a very high speed when the accident happened.
‘Drugged up’ US tourist leaps from hotel room
A 35-year-old US national leapt from an Amsterdam hotel window on Sunday morning, landing in the canal along the Damrak. Police suspect he was under the influence of drugs, news agency Novum reported. The tourist was found lying on a beam above water, but his head was sliding into the water. Police and the crew of a tourist boat hauled the man out of the water. He was treated in hospital for various cuts and gashes, but his injuries were not considered life threatening.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news