Court upholds dance party ban
16 November 2001
HAARLEM — A Haarlem court upheld a ban on the High Energy dance festival in Zaandam due to the drug-related death of a policewoman last weekend.
The decision supported an earlier resolution by Zaanstad Mayor R Freeman to ban the dance party, planned to occur on the Hemkade.
The Amsterdam owner of the Zaanstad entertainment complex, Zilpa BV, had brought swift legal action to the court on Thursday in a bid to have the ban overturned.
Zilpa had said the ban was purely an arbitrary decision.
Vreeman — who decided to close the entertainment complex due to last Sunday’s death of a 28-year-old woman and the recent death of a male youth, both incidents linked to drug use — said a final decision would be made next week in regards future festivals.
The mayor was pleased with the court’s decision, saying that the council had convinced the judiciary that the two deaths were not chance incidents, but were in fact systematic.
Vreeman will consult with police and health authority GGD about further measures aimed at preventing other dance festivals.
“I want to make this type of night festival impossible,” the mayor said.
Deceased woman used ecstasy
November 15 2001
HAARLEM — An autopsy has revealed that a 28-year-old Zeist policewoman died after using ecstasy at the Fundustry nightclub on the Hemkade in Zaandam last Sunday.
The Haarlem judiciary said on Thursday the deceased woman’s blood contained MDMA, an important ingredient of the party drug.
It said the exact cause of death would be established within three weeks, after the amount of MDMA found in the woman’s body was determined and conclusions made whether that caused her death.
The woman died last Sunday after attending the Zaandam nightclub, which was ordered closed by on Wednesday by city Mayor R Vreeman.
A 28-year-old colleague of the policewoman had also been taken to hospital in a coma-like state on Sunday. She made a full recovery.
Meanwhile, police said they had suspended a 28 and 33-year-old woman in connection with an internal investigation of police using ecstasy at the Fundustry night club.
Police would not reveals if she was the 28-year-old police officer who had been taken to hospital on Sunday.
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