Status: 05.07.2022 11:33 a.m.
Just yesterday, a man suspected of being behind the murder of Dutch journalist de Vries was arrested. Two other suspects have now been arrested. The trial of the two main suspects began in June.
Two other arrests have taken place in the case of murdered Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries. As announced by the prosecutor, the suspects – a 27 and 26-year-old Dutchman – were arrested on the Caribbean island of Curaçao and in Spain. Nothing was said about the alleged role of men in the complex.
Five men have now been arrested in connection with the crime – the two alleged perpetrators shortly after the attack last year. The ongoing trial is against them and they face life imprisonment. Negotiations have been ongoing since early June and the verdict is due on July 14.
Honorary key witness
It was only yesterday that a suspicious fullback was arrested. According to the prosecution, the 27-year-old Pole gave the perpetrators direct instructions for the murder on an encrypted mobile phone. According to media reports, the previously convicted man has a direct link to a notorious drug gang. Investigators believe gang leader Ridouan Taghi ordered the killing.
De Vries was the key witness who heavily incriminated Taghi and his gang in court. The brother and lawyer of the key witness had already been murdered. De Vries had mainly reported on drug trafficking. Cocaine smuggling in the Netherlands has been increasing for years, for example via Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port.
The murder of de Vries caused horror far beyond the country’s borders. He was shot on July 6, 2021, shortly after visiting a television studio in central Amsterdam. He succumbed to his injuries nine days later. De Vries was 64 years old.