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Sunday 21 December  
Catherina Windemeijer in 1971

The State We're In - Breaking the Rules

On air: 1 September 2012 2:00 (Photo: Catherina Windemeijer)

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The State We're In, 1 September 2012. A Dutch woman nearly becomes an unwitting terrorist bomber. A budding lawyer in Toronto gets picked up by the police for a crime he never committed. A Ugandan ex-officer throws eggs at his president to make a point. And an Irish journalist recounts being incarcerated, wrongly, for internet fraud.

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Catherina Windemeijer
Catherina Windemeijer
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When Catherina Windemeijer was asked by a Palestinian friend to bring presents to his parents in the West Bank, she said ok.

But after arriving, she couldn’t find the delivery address.

So she opened the suitcase and then discovered something: a bomb.

More: Catherina Windemeijer's website (in Dutch)



David Layton
David Layton
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David Layton was just starting his career as a criminal defence lawyer in Toronto, Canada when the police stopped him on the street.

They accused him of wielding a knife at women in a nearby shopping centre.

He explained who he was, but they put him in a patrol car and drove him to the mall where victims would have the chance to identify him. 

That moment still inspires David in the work he does.


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Haji Womboga never backs down from a fight. As a soldier in the Ugandan army, he fought on the losing side of an internal conflict. So he fled to Sweden. But later, when Uganda’s president came to Sweden, Haji continued his fight: by throwing eggs as the visiting president.

Years later and living back in Uganda, there was an emergency police couldn’t handle: an Army Lieutenant had robbed a shop, and taken a mother and child hostage. Haji got some of his veteran buddies together, stormed the house, and saved the day – all without even harming the robber.

Louise Williams
Louise Williams
I can tell by looking at you - listen in new player

Irish journalist Louise Williams was about to fly back from Amsterdam to her home in Dublin. But at passport control, she was told that her name had come up in the system.

Then came the stunning news: she was under arrest. For internet fraud.

Louise was jailed, and later released, but the experience has left its mark on her.

More: listen to the full version of the documentary on RTÉ Radio 1.


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