Endstra 'hired Hells Angels boss for gangland hit'
21 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Murdered property tycoon Willem Endstra had recruited Amsterdam Hells Angels President Willem van Boxtel to kill Freddie Heineken kidnapper Willem Holleeder, it was claimed on Tuesday.
21 September 2004
AMSTERDAM — Murdered property tycoon Willem Endstra had recruited Amsterdam Hells Angels President Willem van Boxtel to kill Freddie Heineken kidnapper Willem Holleeder, it was claimed on Tuesday.
Endstra — the reputed "banker of the underworld", who was shot and killed in Amsterdam in May — had been allegedly prepared to pay EUR 1 million to have Holleeder killed.
The claim was made by Amsterdam Hells Angels lawyer Victor Kraal, newspaper De Volkskrant reported. Kraal did not provide independent evidence to support his claims about Van Boxtel.
Van Boxtel — alias Big Willem — was expelled from the motorcycle club last week after reports of the alleged murder contract emerged. Endstra had allegedly handed over EUR 250,000 as an advance payment for the murder.
Kraal said the intention was to kill Holleeder with a bomb at the Hells Angels famous clubhouse on the H.J.E. Wenckebachweg in Amsterdam. He said there would have been no hesitation in allowing other Hells Angels to be killed in the explosion.
Holleeder is said to be on good terms with the Angels and is regularly seen in the clubhouse. He was involved in the 1983 kidnapping of beer magnate Freddie Heineken and was sentenced to an 11-year jail term. He was released at the start of the 1990s, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia said.
Dutch criminal John Mieremet claims that Holleeder acted as Endstra's "strong arm" and Endstra was photographed with Holleeder in 2002, having earlier claimed he barely knew him.
Meanwhile, a member of the IJmuiden Hells Angels was also allegedly involved in the Holleeder murder plot. He was also dishonourably ejected from the club after allegedly trying with Big Willem to recruit other people to carry out the murder.
The situation panned out far worse for Endstra: he was shot and killed in front of his office in the Apollolaan in Amsterdam in May. The plans to kill Holleeder were then leaked within the Hells Angels gang and Big Willem admitted his involvement, Kraal said.
Kraal said the Hells Angels consider the matter closed following the departure of Big Willem. He has been expelled from the club and has been ordered to surrender all his club possessions.
The former gang president — who lived next to the clubhouse — has since left Amsterdam, but his wife has stayed behind, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
Kraal said Big Willem need to fear revenge attacks from the motorcycle club. The Amsterdam Angels unanimously elected a member known as "Unu" as their new president on Monday night.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news