Extra surveillance for Dutch mafia trail

8th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Amsterdam is preparing for the start of a large trial in a top security court on Monday.

AMSTERDAM - Populist newspaper De Telegraaf reports that there is extra surveillance around "the bunker" in the west of the capital.

The case is one of the most extensive in Dutch legal history. Eleven suspects are standing trial for their part in a series of notorious liquidations between 1993 and 2006.

The huge trial is the result of years of investigations, based on statements by crown witness Giuseppe 'Peter' la Serpe.

La Serpe was a member of the underworld for several years and admits being present when underworld property developer Kees Houtman was murdered in 2005.

According to De Telegraaf, extreme measures have been taken to protect the crown witness, as there are serious fears he could be murdered.

The trial is expected to last a year.

Radio Netherlands/ Expatica

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