Holleeder in hospital for stress
10 April 2007, AMSTERDAM - Willem Holleeder was admitted to the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) on Monday. His lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers said the situation was life-threatening. He did not want to comment further, the Volkskrant reports.
10 April 2007
AMSTERDAM - Willem Holleeder was admitted to the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) on Monday. His lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers said the situation was life-threatening. He did not want to comment further, the Volkskrant reports.
Broadcaster NOS reported this morning that he is being treated for a leaking cardiac valve.
48-year-old Holleeder was transferred from the high-security prison in Vught to the hospital on Monday morning. "A doctor at the facility in Vught ordered the transfer," said a spokesperson for the National Agency of Correctional Institutions (DJI). The spokesperson did not want to comment on Holleeder's condition.
Lawyer Kuijpers told the Telegraaf earlier this weekend that Holleeder was seriously ill. He said he planned to ask the court to postpone the trial if his client could not be present.
The public prosecution department (OM) did not want to make any announcements about Holleeder's condition. A spokesperson said he doesn't expect the suspect to be in court on Tuesday.
It is not yet clear what this will mean for the course of the trial. The spokesperson for the OM said this would be decided by the court.
Holleeder was showing signs of exhaustion at the end of last week. On Thursday he became unwell during the third day of hearings in his case. He had high blood pressure and increased heart rate, as well as stress, said the court doctor.
Kuijpers says his client's exhaustion is due to the security regime. His client is taken from his bed at 3 am for the high-security transport to the courthouse. This borders on torture, says Kuijpers. A different route is taken to the courthouse each day and the journey is made at high speed.
The OM has requested the DJI that Holleeder be kept in a facility nearer to the court in Osdorp, at least for the nights before hearings. This can save travel time and allow the suspect more sleep.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news