Ex-Hells Angel murder plot suspect stays free
12 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam Court dismissed on Tuesday the prosecution's appeal against the release of former Hells Angels president "Big Willem" van Boxtel and two other men accused of plotting to kill top criminal Willem Holleeder.
12 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam Court dismissed on Tuesday the prosecution's appeal against the release of former Hells Angels president "Big Willem" van Boxtel and two other men accused of plotting to kill top criminal Willem Holleeder.
All three men were arrested at the end of September for alleged involvement in a EUR 1 million contract to kill Holleeder, who was made famous for the 1983 kidnapping of Freddie Heineken. But a judge ordered their release several days later due to a lack of evidence.
The public prosecutor (OM) refused on Tuesday to reveal precisely why it had appealed against their release, but prosecutor Fred Teeven said the authorities had obtained new evidence incriminating the three suspects. He was prepared to hand the documents over to the court, but not to the suspects or their lawyers.
But the court agreed with defence lawyers that this violated the European Convention on Human Rights. The lawyer for one of the defendants, former Hells Angels, Willem P., said he was "relieved" by the ruling.
Lawyer Nico Meijering also said it was alarming that the prosecution was increasingly straying from the European treaty and he is demanding access to the entire case dossier, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
Van Boxtel was expelled from the Amsterdam Hells Angels chapter last month after the club claimed he admitted accepting the murder contract put forward by property tycoon Willem Endstra. Described by some as the "banker of the underworld", Endstra was shot and killed in May.
The plan, a lawyer for the club said, was to plant a bomb in the Angels' own social centre on Wenckebachweg. The Angels plotters were not concerned about the possibility some of their Angel "brothers" could also be killed, the club said.
No such attack was carried out and the Hells Angels have not provided any independent evidence to show there was a plot to kill Holleeder or that any of the men arrested were involved.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news