'Big Willem' suspected of murder
18 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — 'Big Willem' van Boxtel, the former president of the Amsterdam chapter of the Hells Angels motorbike club, is suspected of involvement in murder and several other criminal offences, his lawyer has revealed.
18 October 2005
AMSTERDAM — 'Big Willem' van Boxtel, the former president of the Amsterdam chapter of the Hells Angels motorbike club, is suspected of involvement in murder and several other criminal offences, his lawyer has revealed.
Van Boxtel was among 45 people arrested during raids by 1,000 police officers on the Hells Angels in several Dutch cities on Monday morning.
The authorities said a grenade launcher, a flame-thrower and other weapons were seized but it was not revealed where these items were found.
The lawyer said his client, Van Boxtel, is suspected of involvement in murder or manslaughter and other offences, including the assault by 10 Angels on television presenters Barend and Van Dorp in 2000.
The suspicions in relation to Van Boxtel are said to be a result of four years of investigation by police into alleged criminal activity by Hells Angels. The Amsterdam Hells Angels are said to command the European section of the bikers' club.
Van Boxtel was expelled in disgrace from the Hells Angels in 2004 after his former 'brothers' alleged he had admitted accepting an offer of EUR 1 million from property tycoon Willem Endstra to kill 'Angel friend' and convicted Heineken kidnapper Willem Holleeder.
No attack was carried out on Holleeder but Endstra was shot dead in May 2004. 'Big Willem' van Boxtel is alleged to have made the admission and was expelled from the Angels after Endstra's death.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news