Four Dutch sol­diers ar­rested af­ter fight in Lithuania

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Af­ter get­ting in­volved in a brawl in Lithuania, four Dutch troops, who are part of the NATO multi-na­tional force in the Baltic coun­try have been sent back to their home­land.

News por­tal DutchNews.nl re­ported on Tues­day, July 18, cit­ing Dutch news­pa­per Trouw that it is not fully cer­tain, what hap­pened, but ac­cord­ing to Lithua­nian po­lice re­ports, two of the sol­diers at­tacked a Lithua­nian man and Lithua­nian me­dia re­port that the men had been drink­ing, with the pos­si­ble cause of the dis­pute be­ing an un­paid bill. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Dutch De­fence Min­istry, Joost de Vries, un­veiled that the Nether­lands had urged Lithuania not to try the men but to hand them over to the Dutch au­thor­i­ties for pun­ish­ment in their home­land: «Un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been com­pleted, there is no ques­tion of dis­ci­plinary mea­sures.»

A to­tal of 270 Dutch sol­diers are serv­ing in Lithuania within the NATO ag­gres­sion-de­ter­rence mis­sion.

AFP/SCANPIX

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