Holleeder ready for trial in September

9th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 July 2007, HAARLEM – The hearings in the case against Willem Holleeder will resume from 10 September, the Volkskrant reports. The crime boss suspected of extortion should then be fully recovered from the heart surgery he underwent in April. The court determined this on Monday.

9 July 2007

HAARLEM – The hearings in the case against Willem Holleeder will resume from 10 September, the Volkskrant reports. The crime boss suspected of extortion should then be fully recovered from the heart surgery he underwent in April. The court determined this on Monday.

Holleeder will be able to attend the hearings in September. His doctors say he will be strong enough then to be present for the trial. The suspect did not attend a pro forma hearing in Haarlem on Monday but was represented by lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers.

In a note to the court Holleeder said his rehabilitation was progressing "on schedule." Holleeder underwent emergency heart surgery in April shortly after the trial against him and nine fellow suspects was started.

Some adjustments may be made to accommodate Holleeder's condition. Hearings may be held for a shorter number of hours for instance. Holleeder may also be transferred to a prison closer to the courthouse in Osdorp so that he will not have to spend so much time travelling. At the start of his trial he was being held at the high security facility in Vught.

Holleeder is suspected of large scale extortion of a number of real estate magnates.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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