TRIAL OF AHOLD EXECUTIVES BEGINS

AMSTERDAM - Criminal trial proceedings began here last week at Amsterdam's District Court for four former Ahold executives and directors in the largest accounting scandal in Dutch history.All four defendants are charged with falsifying records and accounting fraud, which carry maximum jail terms of seven and three years, respectively.The defendants - former Chief Executive Cees van der Hoeven, former

AMSTERDAM - Criminal trial proceedings began here last week at Amsterdam's District Court for four former Ahold executives and directors in the largest accounting scandal in Dutch history.

All four defendants are charged with falsifying records and accounting fraud, which carry maximum jail terms of seven and three years, respectively.

The defendants - former Chief Executive Cees van der Hoeven, former Finance Director Michiel Meurs, ex-board member Jan Andreae and audit commi

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