'Big Willem' testifies abouttriple murder, fears arrest
10 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Disgraced former Hells Angels leader Willem van Boxtel has been advised not to say very much when he is asked by a court on Thursday if he ordered the murders of three Hells Angels members in Limburg.
10 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — Disgraced former Hells Angels leader Willem van Boxtel has been advised not to say very much when he is asked by a court on Thursday if he ordered the murders of three Hells Angels members in Limburg.
Lawyer Marcel van Gessel said he fears his client, known as "Big Willem", might be arrested once he leaves the witness stand.
Van Boxtel, 50, is a former president of the dominant Amsterdam chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in the Netherlands.
He has been called by judges to answer an allegation that he ordered the murder of three members of the Nomads, a Hells Angels chapter in Limburg, last year.
Fifteen people — including thirteen Nomad members — are on trial for the murder of three of their clubmates, including former Nomad president Paul de Vries.
Their bodies 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.
The prosecution's star witness Angelo D., 45, is a member of the Caribbean Brothers motorcycle gang in Curacao, a gang which is also affiliated to the Hells Angels.
He claimed in court last week that the men were killed after a consignment of cocaine went missing. He said Big Willem — then president of the Amsterdam chapter — knew about the murders.
D. also said he was told the day after the funerals that the order to kill the three victims came from Amsterdam itself.
Van Boxtel was expelled in disgrace last year by the club following an internal investigation after the murders.
The Hells Angels claimed he had confessed to plotting "Angel friend" and top criminal Willem Holleeder. The Amsterdam motorbike club claimed Van Boxtel had accepted a EUR 1 million contract from property tycoon Willem Endstra to kill Holleeder by placing a bomb in the Angel's Amsterdam clubhouse.
No attack was ever carried out on Holleeder, though Endstra was himself murdered last year, long before the Angels claimed they had discovered the plot to kill Holleeder.
[Copyright Expatica and Novum Nieuws 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, Hells Angels