Holleeder associate held in leak investigation

24th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Justice officials made a new arrest on Wednesday as part of the 'Vancouver' investigation into the leak of police information to the Dutch underworld.

24 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — Justice officials made a new arrest on Wednesday as part of the 'Vancouver' investigation into the leak of police information to the Dutch underworld.

News agency ANP cited a reliable source as naming the arrested man as Dino Soerel. He is said to be a leading associate of reputed crime boss Willem Holleeder.

A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) declined to confirm or deny the suspect's identity. 

Two former detectives, Jacques K. and Hans van E, are already in custody. K. used to work for the national detective office. He is suspected of passing on information on major criminal investigations to Van E., who allegedly sold the information to gangland figures. Soerel was one of the alleged buyers.

Property tycoon Willem Endstra mentioned him several times and described him as the "King of the Underworld" during secret conversations with officers of the Criminal Intelligence Branch. Endstra, who alleged Holleeder was extorting money from him, was shot dead in Amsterdam in May 2004.

Holleeder is one of several people in custody on suspicion of extortion and murder.

Police searched an underground garage at Endstra's former home this week after a claim on a television programme that people killed on Holleeder's orders were buried there. No bodies were found.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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