Dutch news in brief, 15 September 2004

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MPs back expansion to DNA 'fingerprinting' law

MPs back expansion to DNA 'fingerprinting' law

The Dutch Parliament has backed a proposal to increase the number of criminals required to give DNA samples, Radio Netherlands reported. At present, only those guilty of serious offences must give a DNA sample to justice officials. Everyone sentenced to four years or more in a Dutch prison — including present inmates — will be required to give a DNA 'fingerprint'. The information will be held by the Dutch Forensic Institute.

EU stays firm on Chechnya human rights

The European Union will continue to campaign for human rights in Chechnya despite the violence committed by a small group of Chechen terrorists, Dutch Foreign Minister and EU President Ben Bot said on Wednesday. In a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Bot said the crisis in Chechnya is more than an issue of combating terrorism. He said Moscow continually refers to the issue as an anti-terror matter and that this gives "reason for concern". Bot — who recently raised the ire of Russia when he appeared to demand answers about the recent Beslan school hostage tragedy — said he will broach his concerns with Moscow during an EU-Russia summit in November in The Hague. The European Parliament rejected earlier this week a resolution condemning the bloody end to the Beslan tragedy and at the same time demanding attention to Russia's actions in Chechnya. The large parties had been concerned that the resolution could have given the impression that the killing of children could be justified.

Controversial mosque faces further action

A preliminary investigation into controversial texts sold at the Amsterdam mosque El Tawheed has given grounds to proceed further with the matter, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner told MPs on Wednesday. But the minister refused to elaborate on what further steps will be taken against the mosque. The El Tawheed made headlines in April this year when it was revealed that books sold at the mosque incited hate and violence against gays and women. That led to the preliminary inquiry as MPs demanded that the mosque be closed if it was proven to have committed prosecutable offences.  The inquiry was recently completed.

Nurses 'stole EUR 45,000 from dementia patient'

A 75-year-old single Eindhoven woman with dementia has been allegedly swindled out of a huge cash sum by two healthcare workers who have nursed her for the past eight years. The 78 and 61-year-old male and female suspects, both of Eindhoven, have been arrested on suspicion they stole between EUR 27,000 and EUR 45,000 by fraudulent use of the woman's bank keycard, news agency nu.nl reported. They also tried to profit from the woman by so-called gifts or donations, it is alleged. The woman's lawyer intervened when the suspects allegedly tried to amend the woman's will. 

Suicide-threat man wanted access to children

The man who doused himself with petrol and threatened to commit suicide at Centraal train station in The Hague on Tuesday has been identified as a 35-year-old Romanian man. He was demanding access to his child or children in Spain, news agency ANP reported. Police evacuated the train station at about 4.30pm, but eventually overpowered the man and arrested him. All train travel to and from The Hague was halted at about 5.10pm and resumed an hour later. The man spoke Spanish, but it is not yet clear if he came from Spain. He was brandishing a razor at the time of incident and said he choose to carry out his protest in The Hague because it was home to many international organisations. Officials must decide on Wednesday whether it will prosecute him.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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