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.
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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.
Dutch football club Vitesse has made a public apology for its decision to send team for a training camp in United Arab Emirates without defender Dan Mori.
The issue about Vitesse's Dan Mori has created frustration among the government and the football club. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, would've been 'happy to help' Vitesse in an attempt to get Mori, a player of Israeli origin, to a training camp in the United Arab Emirates, if his mediation to obtain a visa "was invoked in time."
Vitesse has decided to turn to the FIFA to officially report that Dan Mori is not allowed into the United Arab Emirates, announced spokeswoman Esther Bal Monday to the NOS.