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Killer of Dutch far-right leader Fortuyn to be freed

The man who killed flamboyant far-right Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn more than a decade ago could be freed as early as May, junior Justice Minister Fred Teeven said on Wednesday. Volkert Van der Graaf, 44, is serving an 18-year sentence for the 2002 murder of the outspoken and openly gay Fortuyn, an act that shattered the liberal Netherlands' image of itself as a unified and secure society. Van der Graaf "can be freed on parole from May 2," Teeven told journalists, after rejecting freeing him in October as he still "posed a threat to public order."

Peru confirms Dutch convict will be extradited to US in 2038

Peru confirmed Sunday it will extradite Dutch convicted killer Joran Van der Sloot, serving a 28-year sentence here for murdering a young Peruvian woman, to the United States in 2038. The widely expected decision was two years in coming. Lima had said earlier the Dutchman would be extradited to the United States, but only after he serves his sentence in Peru first. Van der Sloot, 26, pleaded guilty and was handed down his sentence in January 2012 for the "cruel and savage" murder of 21-year-old Peruvian Stephany Flores on May 30, 2010.

Warner Bros buys Dutch entertainer Eyeworks

Warner Bros on Tuesday said it has bought Dutch movie and television producer Eyeworks, as the US entertainment giant seeks to increase its global production footprint. "Today Warner Bros Television Group announces that it has reached an agreement with Eyeworks to buy all its businesses except in the United States," Warner Bros and the Amsterdam-based Eyeworks said in a combined statement.

Warner Bros buys Dutch entertainer Eyeworks

Warner Bros on Tuesday said it has bought Dutch movie and television producer Eyeworks, as the US entertainment giant seeks to increase its global production footprint. "Today Warner Bros Television Group announces that it has reached an agreement with Eyeworks to buy all its businesses except in the United States," Warner Bros and the Amsterdam-based Eyeworks said in a combined statement.

Dutch ministers in hot water over 'NSA' phone grabs

Two Dutch ministers faced a grilling in parliament Tuesday after revealing the country's intelligence services grabbed metadata from some 1.8 million intercepted telephone calls. Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis are fending off calls for their resignations after revealing last week that the Dutch secret services intercepted the data -- an act previously attributed to the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Dutch ex-euthanasia minister found dead in garage

Former Dutch health minister Els Borst, instrumental in introducing the world's first euthanasia law in the Netherlands in 2002, has been found dead at her home, her political party said Tuesday. She was 81. "Els Borst is dead," the Dutch left-central party D66 announced on its website, with party leader Alexander Pechtold tweeting: "I am immensely sad." Borst's lifeless body was discovered by a friend on Monday evening in the garage of her Dutch home in the central village of Bilthoven, various Dutch newspapers said.

Dutch ex-euthanasia minister found dead in garage

Former Dutch health minister Els Borst, instrumental in introducing the world's first euthanasia law in the Netherlands in 2002, has been found dead at her home, her political party said Tuesday. She was 81. "Els Borst is dead," the Dutch left-central party D66 announced on its website, with party leader Alexander Pechtold tweeting: "I am immensely sad." Borst's lifeless body was discovered by a friend on Monday evening in the garage of her Dutch home in the central village of Bilthoven, various Dutch newspapers said.

Dutch junior finance minister Weekers quits amid criticism of handling of tax office problems

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Dutch junior finance minister has quit, saying he no longer has enough support among lawmakers angry at his handling of blunders at the country's tax office. Frans Weekers, deputy to Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, was formally offering his resignation to King Willem-Alexander on Thursday after announcing he would step down during a parliamentary debate late Wednesday night. He has been criticized for his leadership of the Tax Service, which has been rocked by reports of fraud and late payments to thousands of citizens.

Murderer of Dutch anti-immigration politician receives probation

THE HAGUE, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The person who assassinated anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002 will be out on probation before Feb. 1 2014, the Dutch Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles ruled Tuesday. In October, State Secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven refused his probation proposal, but Van der Graaf appealed against this decision. The Dutch populist politician Pim Fortuyn founded his own party and became popular in the Netherlands with his anti-immigration discourse.

Dutch TV station asked to apologize after racism complaints on Chinese participant

THE HAGUE, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Discrimination Hotline of Amsterdam (MDRA) has written to Dutch TV station RTL, asking for a formal apology after receiving complaints that a Chinese-origin participant was racially mistreated by a Dutch judge in a talent show. During the Nov. 16 episode of Holland's Got Talent, several alleged slurs were made by jury member Gordon Heuckeroth against Chinese-origin participant Wang Xiao. Some of his comments to Wang included, "Which number are you singing? Number 39 with rice?"
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