Angels witness threatened minister
17 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — A surprise witness told the Hells Angels murder trial on Thursday that he overheard some of the accused men talk about how they killed three of their clubmates last year
17 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — A surprise witness told the Hells Angels murder trial on Thursday that he overheard some of the accused men talk about how they killed three of their clubmates last year
Identified only as R. E., 22, the witness told the Amsterdam hearing that he shared a holding cell with three of the 15 men on trial. He said the men discussed the murder.
One of the three spoke about how he had "shot them [the three victims] to bits," E. claimed. He said the three Hells Angels gang members described the slow murder of the victims in the bikers' clubhouse in Limburg.
The witness was in the cell with the Hells Angels after being jailed last year for threatening a government minister.
The surprising piece of information emerged during Thursday's sitting of the trial of 13 members of the Limburg Hells Angels club, De Nomads, in the high security Amsterdam-Osdorp courthouse.
They are charged with murdering three fellow clubmates. The bodies of the victims, including Nomad leader Paul de Vries, were found in a stream near the southern Dutch town of Echt on 13 February last year. They had been riddled with bullets in the head and chest.
Two other defendants are members of the Caribbean Brothers and are suspected of involvement in the alleged drugs deal.
Earlier this week, the public prosecutor sought the court's permission to call a new witness. The defence layers reacted angrily to the move and the case was adjourned briefly on Thursday to give the lawyers time to investigate the matter further.
The court decided to hear the witness, who said he heard some of the Hells Angels discussing the case in the holding cell of a court last August.
He said he heard them say, amongst other things, that the case could not be proved against them. He also alleged they threatened him and warned him not to talk about what he had heard.
The witness was sentenced in December last year to two years jail, eight months of which was suspended, for threatening Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk.
A court in Amsterdam heard the man had rung a local broadcaster, RTV Noord-Holland, in July 2004 to say the minister would have to "accept the consequences" if she did not alter her tough stance on integration within two weeks. To strengthen his threat, he referred to the murder of anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn on 6 May 2002.
E. contacted the authorities in the Hells Angels case on 3 February.
The main prosecution witness in the case, Angelo D., one of the members of the Caribbean Brothers, claimed earlier in the trial that the three victims were killed after a consignment of cocaine went astray. He suggested the order for the killings came from the Hells Angels in Amsterdam.
"Big Willem" van Boxtel, the disgraced former leader of the Amsterdam chapter of the Angels, described this suggestion as a pack of lies.
The case continues.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, Hells Angels murder case