Dutch news in brief, 5 October 2004

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Iraqis suspected of soldier's murder released

Iraqis suspected of soldier's murder released

The British Army has released eight Iraqis suspected of killing Dutch soldier Jeroen Severs due to a lack of evidence. Dutch troops transported the suspects back from Basra to Ar Rumaytha in the south of Iraq over the weekend, a military spokesman said Tuesday. The 29-year-old sergeant was killed mid August after his vehicle was caught in an ambush. Five other troops were seriously wounded in the attack, but have since been released from hospital, newspaper De Volkskrant reported. The suspects were arrested at the start of September by Dutch troops and handed over to the British army.

Concerns over dieting teenage girls

Eighty percent of girls aged 13 to 18 are on a diet and about 50 percent go on extreme or unhealthy diets, irrespective if they are overweight, average or underweight, a survey has found. The survey of about 1,188 teenage girls was conducted by research bureau TNO. Girls said they feel prettier and more self-assured if they are slimmer. But the research also indicated that the self-confidence of dieting girls is lower than those who eat normally. Dieting is classified as skipping meals or using diet pills, news agency Novum reported.

Crime reporter threatened with death

Crime journalist Peter R. de Vries has been warned that criminals are planning to murder him next month to prevent the broadcast of a report focusing on Amsterdam's gangland slayings. But writing in newspaper De Telegraaf on Sunday, De Vries — who has faced death threats before — said that it has gradually become normal to threaten to kill crime reporters. In the latest threat, De Vries received a warning from national prosecutors Koos Plooy and Fred Teven, newspaper Het Parool reported Tuesday. The murder contract was allegedly ordered by someone who has "a conflict" with top criminal Willem Holleeder. Amsterdam has witnessed a series of gangland slayings in recent years and most of them remain unsolved.

Derailment disrupts freight train transports

A derailed goods train in the eastern Dutch city Venlo caused serious freight rail disruptions on Tuesday, a spokesman for rail transporter Railion said. Freight rail traffic headed to Germany via Venlo could not pass the derailed train and the spokesman could not say when the railway would be cleared. Railion sends 100 freight trains through Venlo to Germany each day and there are five other transport companies that use the same route. The derailed train, with in total 43 wagons, came from Germany. Three wagons derailed at about 11.15pm on Monday. The cause of the derailment is not yet known. The repair works and removal of the train could take 72 hours.

Six arrests as raid nets cannabis crops

Six people were arrested after police discovered six cannabis crops in a raid on a trailer park camp in the southern Dutch city Sittard on Tuesday morning. Police also seized a replica gun. Four of the sheds that contained cannabis crops were joined together and some entrances were hidden behind a cupboard. About 100 police were involved in the raid, which passed off without incident.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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