Crime boss 'leasing office block to Amsterdam'
25 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam City Council appears to be leasing a large office building from crime boss John Mieremet and the recently murdered "banker of the underworld", Willem Endstra.
25 August 2004
AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam City Council appears to be leasing a large office building from crime boss John Mieremet and the recently murdered "banker of the underworld", Willem Endstra.
Justice officials recently informed Amsterdam that the Municipal Credit Bank Amsterdam (GKA) on Dam Square was being rented from Endstra and Mieremet, a council spokesperson said.
He said the council will investigate whether there are grounds to terminate the lease, newspaper De Volkskrant reported on Wednesday.
The matter is especially sensitive because the council has devoted years to keeping real estate out of criminal hands, focusing especially on the Wallen Red Light District area — a classic location for criminal wealth. The Dam is located near to that region.
The GKA building on the Dam is in a very prominent location, situated across from department store De Bijenkorf. The theatre street De Nes is on one side and the exclusive business society The Great Industrial Club is on the other.
The GKA building is owned by the firm Ernaro, a subsidiary of the private limited company Heerfur, which is partly owned by Mieremet's girlfriend, Ria Eelzak. But police and justice sources believe that Eelzak is being used to cover the fact that Mieremet is the real owner of the property.
It is also evident from the land registry that Heerfur has a sizeable real estate portfolio valued at tens of millions of euros. Mieremet reportedly shared that portfolio with Endstra, who was shot and killed in Amsterdam in May.
Endstra was often referred to as the "banker of the underworld" who helped criminals launder money, but nothing was ever proven against him. Shortly before his death, he gave an interview asserting his innocence of any wrongdoing.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news