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Scandal, castration and sacked cabinets

Priya Shah | 17:54 UK time, Friday, 30 June 2006

Tonight we have Italian and French outrage from the world of football. We followed that up with comment on the horrors of the recent Belgian child murders and the never-ending Ayaan Hirsch Ali saga over in the newly government-less Netherlands.

A packed show as usual and blogging it was made all the more tricky with a rather tense penalty shoot-out going on in the corner of my eye.

Belgian murders
The deaths of 10 year old Nathalie Mahy and 7 year old stepsister Stacy Lemmens have caused revulsion across Belgium and unearthed bad memories of the Dutroux case of 1995.

Megan's Law, chemical castration and the death penalty all made an appearance. Sean in Brussels wanted to know whether such terrible crimes were a global phenomenon or whether Belgium specifically seemed to be a centre for child crime?

On the potential introduction of a Belgian version of Megan's law.

I think things like that provoke violence. We need tighter controls on peadophiles

Alice, Brussels

Chemical castration

The POVs are very divided. Chemical Castration doesn't work on the imagination

Miguel Torres Garcia, Director of Child Focus

Ayaan Hirsch Ali and the Dutch immigration laws
The Dutch government has just imploded because of the tussles over Ayaan Hirsch Ali's revoked passport.
We spoke to Misty -- an American married to a Dutchman -- she's no fan of Immigration minister Rita Verdonk's policies.

Rita Verdonk's laws are ridiculous. To propose that people take an integration exam is the height of ignorance

Misty, Alphen

News presenter Aldith Hunkar explained how people were generally ecstatic that the cabinet had fallen and that most people were in awe of Rita Verdonk.

Standby for gunpowder, treason and plot . . . Italian style. The allegations are tricky and complex involving names like Moggi and Lippi so we got Italian footy guru James Richardson to take a break from his cappuccini and gelati to come in and explain it all. Basically if you're an Italian football exec it goes like this:

  • Choose the ref you want
  • Phone the authorities
  • Give them your order
Moggi was making on average 400 phone calls a day!

James Richardson

Myrna in Verona was asked if the scandal had clouded the Italian World Cup experience: "Absolutely NOT!" was her robust response.


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