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Dutch agency divides blame for dissident's death

Friday - 4/12/2013, 2:10pm  ET

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- A Dutch government agency investigating the suicide of a Russian dissident who had sought political asylum in the Netherlands has found that multiple parts of the country's immigration system failed him, including medical, legal and state organizations.

Alexander Dolmatov's asylum request was rejected and he killed himself in a Rotterdam cell Jan. 17, wrongly believing he was about to be deported. The report published Friday by the Safety and Justice Inspection agency stopped short of blaming anyone for Dolmatov's death, saying only that some had "acted carelessly" in his case.

Undersecretary of Justice Fred Teeven, who has been a vocal advocate of a restrictive policy toward would-be immigrants and asylum seekers, said Friday he sympathized with Dolmatov's family and that the Dutch government is willing to negotiate financial compensation.


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