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by Euro Reporter
2009-09-19 09:43:07
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Human trafficker escape

MPs have demanded justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin explain how a convicted and violent human trafficker came to be given a few days leave from prison and then vanished. Aban Baran is currently appealing against a 7.5 year jail sentence for forcing over 100 women into prostitution, together with his brother.

Baran had been allowed home to visit his new baby, born to one of his trafficking victims whom he married from jail in January. According to the Telegraaf, the Arnhem court gave the go-ahead to the compassionate leave, despite the objections of the public prosecution department, which said he was a flight risk and that it had been tipped off he was making travel plans.

Police say they expect Baran has fled to Turkey and an international arrest warrant has been issued. The Netherlands does not have an extradition treaty with Turkey.

What does Turkey exports to …Europe?


Rotterdam flats exclusive for highly-skilled

Some 70 apartments on Rotterdam's Noord Island have been reserved exclusively for younger highly-skilled staff as a way of keeping expertise in the city, news agency ANP reports. At the moment, many highly-skilled graduates leave the port city after completing their education and the city council has made encouraging them to stay one of its priorities.

The 70 apartments in a conservation area have been sold by the council to a property firm on the condition only people with higher levels of education can live in them.

Discrimination or it is …my idea?


Fifth in IT rankings

The Netherlands is one of the best countries in the world as a location for IT companies, according to new research from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Netherlands is fifth in the latest rankings, behind the US, Finland, Sweden and Canada.

Dutch strong points are the IT infrastructure and opportunities offered for research and development, the paper quotes EIU researcher Denis McCauley as saying. 'The Netherlands may not be an IT powerhouse, but the circumstances are there to create one,' he said. Last year, the Netherlands was 10th in the survey. The improved position is due to better estimates about the number of patents taken out by IT companies based here!

The future is here!

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