IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5026 times:
Quoting MarshalN (Reply 3): That's a lot of people being held at an airport detention center!
There's a lot of drugs being smuggled into The Netherlands in places where the sun doesn't shine... I wonder if some of those people actually started the fire themselves (generally detainees are not a happy bunch...)
JCS From Netherlands, joined Jun 2004, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4499 times:
Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 6): Could it possibly be the result of some kind of riots in prison?
Probably not. The cells of the detention center are occupied by maximum of two prisoners. Which is already quite exceptional for Holland, because detention centers used to have 1 person in 1 cell. But the cause of the fire is still uncertain.
The part of the prison which caught fire had 24 cells and this night it housed 43 prisoners. The 11 victims were all 'persons in foreigner detention'. (www.nu.nl)
Quoting IL76 (Reply 8): BTW... This 'prison' is on the outskirts of the airport, near the old Fokker factory. Not very near the centre...
In fact it is at the other side of the runway-terrain and not or almost not visible from the terminal. From the terminal it should be something like a 15 minute drive all the way round a part of the airport runways and hangar-facilities.
It is probably just in the forum because this 'news' came from CNN with AMS & 'fire' in one headline.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13630 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3397 times:
I am surprised that so many people are detained (350+) at the facility at the airport. Does the Netherlands keep all those whom are being detained for attemped illegal entry or with counterban at that facility, no matter where in the country initially detained?
While most of us would like some 'real justice' come in the way of death to those involved with high level illegal drug and other crimes, it is still wrong for this situtaion to have occured. I would suspect that most there and were killed were/are people desprite to leave their home countries for political and economic reasons, including not having enough income for them or their families survival. I would assume that a through investigation will be done to determine the source of the fire, and how to prevent such a horrible event happen again.