Holleeder arrested in extortion investigation

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30 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Willem Holleeder, one of the men who kidnapped beer magnate Freddy Heineken in 1983, is suspected of extorting money from real estate agents.

30 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — Willem Holleeder, one of the men who kidnapped beer magnate Freddy Heineken in 1983, is suspected of extorting money from real estate agents.

Detectives of the serious crime division, nationale recherche, arrested Holleeder and 10 other suspects on Sunday night.

The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said on Monday that the arrests were part of a major investigation into extortion of real estate agents by Dutch criminals and their associates from the former Yugoslavia.

Holleeder is suspected of assault, making threats and extorting money from property tycoons, including his former associate Willem Endstra.

Endstra denied claims he was the banker to the underworld. He was shot dead outside his office in Amsterdam in May 2004.

A spokesperson for the authorities said the investigation is focused on Amsterdam and The Hague.

The nationale recherche is working on the investigation with detectives in Amsterdam and officials of the tax investigation branch (FIOD-ECD).

The string of gangland killings in Amsterdam in recent years is also part of the investigation. But the OM emphasised there is no direct link between the new arrests and the killing.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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