Arrests over drug gangster killing
2 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police have arrested four people in connection with the gangland slaying of wheelchair-bound drug gangster Gijs van Dam Jr. in 2004.
2 August 2005
AMSTERDAM — Police have arrested four people in connection with the gangland slaying of wheelchair-bound drug gangster Gijs van Dam Jr. in 2004.
Two of the suspects have been remanded in custody but police have declined to disclose more information about the four or the the allegations against them.
Van Dam Jr., 37, was shot in the head on 28 May last year while he sat in a car in the driveway of his home on the Ir. G. Friedhoffplein in Zandvoort. He died soon after at the VU hospital in Amsterdam. The man's five-year-old son was in the back of the car at the time of the shooting but was unhurt.
The attackers used a machine pistol to spray the victim's car with bullets.
It was suspected Van Dam's killing was linked to Yugoslav criminals. He was the son of reputed cannabis dealer Gijs van Dam Sr.
Van Dam Jr. was severely wounded in a shooting on the Willem van Weldammelaan in front of his home in Amsterdam-Buitenveldert in December 2002. He was hit in the head, chest and leg and has to use a wheelchair afterwards.
He was abducted in October 1985 and the kidnappers demanded NLG 8 million in cash as ransom, news agency ANP reported. Van Dam Jr. was eventually freed by police.
His father told Amsterdam television station AT5 on Monday evening that the police had warned about a possible attack a month before the fatal shooting in Zandvoort. "They knew about it. How is it possible that they could not prevent it? They must have heard something," Van Dam Sr said.
Van Dam Sr was an infamous figure in the underworld, known for dealing cannabis. He is believed to have done business with crime boss Sam Klepper, 40, who was shot and killed in October 2000 on the Gelderlandplein in Amsterdam.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news