Dutch news in brief, 4 March 2005

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Sensitive royal information leaked

Sensitive royal information leaked

The wife of one of the Dutch royal family's bodyguards leaked sensitive information to gossip magazine Prive for almost a year, magazine Weekend claims. Police suspicions arose when Prive was very well informed about the travel plans of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima. The woman passed information she gleaned from her husband onto Prive without his knowing, allowing the magazine to regularly gain exclusive photos. The man, employed by the royal and diplomatic security service will be given a new function within the national police force KLPD. The woman reportedly confessed after her arrest at the end of 2003, but she will not be prosecuted.

Dutch farmer killed in Kenya

A Dutch farmer has been shot and killed by five gunmen who also stole 1.5 million shillings (about EUR 15,000) in a flower growing region in Kenya. Lloyd Schraven, 45, was ambushed by the gang on Thursday as he was returning to his farm from a bank where he had gone to collect the salary for employees at a flower farm in Naivasha, about 90km northwest of Nairobi, news agency AFP reported. The farmer's guard was also shot and has been admitted to hospital. Most flower farms in Naivasha are owned by Dutch farmers and foreigners have been targeted in money-motivated attacks recently.

Objection to 'crime pays' law

The Labour PvdA and Christian Democrat CDA parties want to overturn legislation allowing criminals to deduct the costs of their crime from eventual penalties. If convicted of a theft, criminals must repay the amount stolen, minus the costs of carrying out the crime, such as the purchase of a gun. Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner had previously indicated that the public prosecution department (OM) will investigate a way to change the system. But the PvdA and CDA want to enforce legislative change.

44,000 Dutch internet addicts

There are 44,000 chronic internet addicts in the Netherlands, the Institute for Lifestyle and Addiction (IVO) said this week. The Rotterdam-based centre presented the new figures at an internet symposium organised by students of the University of Tilburg. Addiction is often accompanied by loneliness, depression or relationship problems and addicts seek especially erotica and games on the internet. Researcher Gert-Jan Meerkerk said it was noteworthy that gambling was not very common on the internet.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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