Alleged killers of Dutch crime reporter de Vries go on trial for his brutal broad-daylight murder — RT World News

In Amsterdam, the trial of two men accused in the shooting death of Peter Rudolf de Vries in Dutch has begun. Nine days later, De Vries succumbed to his injuries.

On Monday, the two suspects – a Dutchman in his early 20s and a 35-year-old Polish national alleged to be the getaway driver – appeared in the dock for a preliminary court hearing that will summarize the investigation to date and hear any requests from their lawyers.

Hours after shooting the journalist in the head and back, the men were arrested. De Vries was pronounced dead nine days later. The family issued a statement confirming his death. “Peter fought to the end, but was unable to win the battle.”

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Experts believe that the murder could have been carried out by the same organised crime gang described as “a” by prosecutors. “well-oiled killing machine,”That was what de Vries tried to do.

The reporter’s killing sent shockwaves through the country and into Europe. The shooting was branded by King Willem-Alexander, the Dutch monarch, as an attack against journalism. He vowed that “journalists must be able to do their important work freely and without being threatened.”

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Last month, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was reported by newspaper De Telegraaf to have received extra security after the appearance of “spotters” in his vicinity, which sparked fears of a potential Moroccan mafia kidnapping plot. “Spotters” were used before de Vries’ murder and the 2019 murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum, who was gunned down while working for a client who was a witness against the Moroccan mafia, according to the newspaper.

De Vries received a standing ovation for his efforts. “fearless”He was previously placed under protective measures for his investigative work on gangs within the criminal underworld. Over his entire career, he investigated approximately 500 murder cases. Freddy Heineken’s 1983 kidnapping was a case that received significant attention. He later published two books on the subject.

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