Ex-Hells Angel 'to turn police informer'
24 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The former president of the Amsterdam Hells Angels who was arrested on Thursday could be about to turn state's witness and testify against his former motorcycle gang "brothers".
24 September 2004
AMSTERDAM — The former president of the Amsterdam Hells Angels who was arrested on Thursday could be about to turn state's witness and testify against his former motorcycle gang "brothers".
Unnamed Jusitce sources told newspaper De Telegraaf on Thursday that officials are taking into the account that "Big Willem" van Boxtel, 50, could give revealing statements about the Hells Angels' alleged criminal activities.
Big Willem was arrested days after he was expelled from the Amsterdam motorbike club for allegedly accepting a contract to kill top criminal and friend to the Angels Willem Holleeder. The arrest was directly linked to the alleged murder plan.
The disgraced former club president and two other people, Willem de M. and Willem P., were also detained when police carried out a series of raids on houses and premises in Amsterdam and nearby towns.
The arrests came after the Hells Angels claimed Van Boxtel had been recruited by property tycoon Willem Endstra to kill Holleeder for EUR 1 million. Van Boxtel allegedly received a EUR 250,000 advance on that sum before Endstra was shot and killed in May.
The plan against Holleeder, a lawyer for the club said, was to plant a bomb in the Angels' own social centre on H.J.E. Wenckebachweg in Amsterdam.
The three alleged plotters were not concerned about the possibility some of their Angel "brothers" could also be killed, the club said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news