Dutch news in brief, 22 April 2005

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Bush visit leads to dance party ban

Bush visit leads to dance party ban

Venray Mayor Jos Waals has banned two hardcore dance parties on 7 May citing possible problems between native and immigrant Dutch youth. He said police capacity problems could arise due to the visit of US President George W. Bush to Limburg that same weekend. The Venray City Council earlier this month imposed an emergency ordinance allowing bans on nightlife events to prevent unrest after a brawl between 'Lonsdale youth' and Turkish immigrants. Bush will visit the Netherlands prior to attending a World War II commemoration ceremony in Moscow on 9 May.

Anti-terror commandos granted immunity

Defence Minister Henk Kamp said on Friday that, in legal terms, a state of war exists in the region of Afghanistan where Dutch commandos are being deployed. It means that if they enter into combat they will be immune from prosecution under certain circumstances. But Kamp also said the troops still have to adhere to certain rules of combat when tracking down terrorists in Afghanistan.

Case dropped against 18 PKK suspects

The public prosecutor has dropped its case against 18 of the 36 people arrested for alleged membership of the Kurdish independence movement PKK. Most of the suspects were arrested at Liempde in November on allegations they had set up a PKK military training camp. Den Bosch Court ordered the 36 suspects to be released from jail last week. The prosecutor said the ruling was imposed because the interim results of criminal inquiries were not yet clear.

Call to allow two surnames

The Democrat D66 has proposed that parents be able to give children double surnames that include both the father's and mother's last names. Parents can currently choose one of the two surnames. If they don't choose, the child is automatically given the father's name. D66 now wants both names to be given in such cases. The Labour PvdA is backing the plan, but wants Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner to investigate what will happen with the next generation of parents who will decide between four names.

Police arrest 'serial rapist'

Police hope to have ended a series of sex attacks in the south-west of the nation with the arrest of a 23-year-old man. The Dordrecht man has confessed to four rapes and two indecent assaults in the Dordrecht area, police said on Friday. The man was arrested on 5 April and appeared in court on 8 April. The crimes allegedly took place in 2004 and 2005.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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