Holleeder investigation yields evidence
17 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The national criminal investigation service arrested two suspects for involvement in the second murder attempt on Heineken kidnapper Cor van Hout in Amsterdam in December 2000.
17 April 2007
AMSTERDAM – The national criminal investigation service arrested two suspects for involvement in the second murder attempt on Heineken kidnapper Cor van Hout in Amsterdam in December 2000.
The suspects are already in custody in connection with other crimes.
One of the suspects is 51-year-old Maruf 'Paja' M. He is also one of the suspects on trial for working with crime boss Willem Holleeder to blackmail real estate magnate Willem Endstra. M. has a reputation for violence.
The investigation into the blackmailing of Willem Endstra has uncovered new evidence regarding the attempt on Van Hout's life, the public prosecution department reported on Tuesday. Various witnesses have submitted statements to justice officials about Paja M. and the other suspect.
Cor van Hout had already survived an attempt on his life in 1996. The fatal attack came on 24 January 2003. Van Hout was 45 when he was killed in Amstelveen. Justice officials believe the hit was ordered by infamous crime boss John Mieremet, who was himself killed in 2005.
The police arrested M. and his accomplice after the failed attempt in 2000 but did not have enough evidence to prosecute.
Willem Holleeder and Cor van Hout worked together to kidnap beer magnate Freddy Heineken in 1983. The two had a falling out in the 1990s however.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news