Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs has announced that the three plane spotters who were held in the United Arab Emirates have been freed, and have been back in the Netherlands since Tuesday morning.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans has asked his colleague from the United Arab Emirates for clarity on the three Dutch plane spotters who have been arrested there, a spokesperson for the ministry said yesterday.
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Three Dutch men were arrested a few days ago, in the UAE, under suspicion of espionage. The men were plane spotters who reportedly photographed prohibited items, according to a spokesperson for the family of one of the victims, a 52-year-old man from Nieuw-Vennep, to press agency ANP.