Angolan teenagers may stay but their father is to be deported

Angolan teenagers may stay but their father is to be deported

Angolan teenagers Gláucio (13) and Márcia (18) are to be allowed to stay in the Netherlands after all, the justice ministry confirmed on Monday evening. Gláucio, who was born in the Netherlands and his sister Márcia, who is about to start a law degree at Erasmus University, were threatened with deportation because their father used to be a soldier for the Angolan army. Under Dutch rules, this means he is considered to be a potential war criminal and is therefore ineligible for refugee status. [banner] The teenagers and their mother will be released from the deportation centre on Monday evening. Their father has agreed to leave the country and will be deported on Friday, the ministry is quoted as saying. The ministry said the children did not meet the criteria for the amnesty for well-integrated refugee children because of their father’s status but that family had agreed voluntarily to split up so the children and their mother could stay in the Netherlands. The children's ombudsman had condemned the decision to deport the children as 'unacceptable'.  More >

Police force overhaul costs double

Angolan teenagers may stay but their father is to be deported The merger of the Netherlands' 26 regional police forces into a single body will not be completed until 2018 and the total cost will be double the budget at €460m, justice minister Ard van der Steur told parliament on Monday. 'Not all the plans can be implemented in the original time-frame,' Van der Steur said in a briefing. 'There is a lot to improve in the way the police function and there is a reason why this was the ambition.' The reorganisation was originally slated for completion this year. The quality of detective work leaves much to be desired and cannot to be tackled, the minister said. 'All in all, the ambitions are too great to realise in the five years set aside to create a national police force,' he said. [banner] A more realistic approach to the reorganisation is needed, he said. 'This is the only way the police can succeed in their task of improving the organisation, strengthening their position... to create a safe Netherlands.' Changes in the way criminals operate require changes in police methods, he said. In particular, more financial and economic specialists and cyber crime experts are needed.  More >

No charges following Rome fountain damage

Angolan teenagers may stay but their father is to be deported Police and justice ministry officials have failed to identify which Feyenoord supporters were responsible for damaging a fountain in the centre of Rome in the run up to a Europa League football match earlier this year. In total, 44 Feyenoord supporters aged 17 to 41 face charges in connection with the riots. But none will be charged with damaging the Barcaccia fountain because of a lack of evidence and camera footage, news agency ANP said. Experts said at the time it had been hit by over 100 beer bottles and put the damage at over €1m. [banner] The 44 face charges of attacking the Italian police. One 21-year-old man from Zierikzee is also charged with attempted murder. He is suspected of having thrown a mortar bomb at a police officer. Today's hearing was a procedural session and the main trial will take place at the end of November.  More >

Minister thwarts Arkefly's Aruba holidays

Angolan teenagers may stay but their father is to be deported Holiday company Arke has been banned from offering trips to Aruba and Curaçao via Eindhoven airport later this year because of the risk that drug smugglers will use the flights. MPs and Eindhoven council had earlier expressed concerns about the plans, saying the flights will bring ‘major drugs-related safety risks’ to the region. Justice minister Ard van der Steur said in a briefing to MPs on Monday that flights from Aruba and Curaçao may only land at airports with the facilities to inspect all passengers and their luggage, in what are known as 100% controls. [banner] Ministry officials said in a confidential report earlier this year that the cost of checking passengers for drugs will run into tens of millions of euros. People flying to the Netherlands from the former Dutch colonies, Suriname and Venezuala currently undergo major body checks at Schiphol airport to ensure they are not smuggling cocaine. Arke had planned to run two flights a week to Aruba and Curaçao from November. Passengers who have already booked will be offered alternatives, the airline said, adding that it is 'very disappointed' by the decision.  More >

Court president resigns over cuts

Angolan teenagers may stay but their father is to be deported The president of Noord-Holland district court has resigned in protest at plans to limit seven of the country’s courts to very simple cases. Evert van der Molen says the plan means defendants and witnesses involved in complex cases will have to travel much further to court. The Netherlands is currently divided into 11 districts with courts operating in 32 different locations . Now seven of these 32 will be reduced to simple civil and family law cases because of budget cuts. [banner] The Council for the Judiciary, which implements justice ministry policy says the change will reduce pressure on judges and boost efficiency. In addition, preparatory hearings for civil and corporate law cases can take place via internet from next year, the council says. That automation project will also cut the number of jobs by around 950 out of 10,000, the NRC said on Monday. Two years ago the Dutch court system also went through a reorganisation. Then the number of legal districts was cut from 19 to 11 and 23 actual courts were closed down.  More >