Amsterdam top criminal Holleeder to be freed

3rd January 2012, Comments 0 comments

Top criminal Willem Holleeder has been ruled out as a suspect in a large assassination trial under way in Amsterdam, meaning he will be released in late January, when he has served his current prison sentence.

In December 2007, Mr Holleeder was sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of extortion. He is also suspected of ordering assasinations in Amsterdam’s criminal underworld. The Public Prosecutor will not charge him with involvement in the assissinatios that have marred the capital in recent years, a spokesperson said in response to media reports.

Dutch daily had previously reported that years of police investigations had failed to uncover sufficient evidence to incriminate Mr Holleeder. The National Police Force, Amsterdam police and the Public Prosecutor’s Office reportedly reached that conclusion shortly before Christmas. Police investigators failed to find finger prints on the weapons used in the murders. Phone taps and observations also failed to link Mr Holleeder with the murders.

Mr Holleeder, 53, has been serving his prison sentence in Rotterdam. In 2007 he was convicted of blackmailing a number of businessmen, including real estate developer Willem Endstra, who was killed in 2004. The so-called Passage trial currently under way in Amsterdam centres on the killings of two notorious Amsterdam criminals.

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