Holleeder trial leads to an arrest

4th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

4 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The police have made an arrest in the investigation into the killing of drug dealer and real estate magnate Kees Houtman, the NOS Journaal reported today.

4 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The police have made an arrest in the investigation into the killing of drug dealer and real estate magnate Kees Houtman, the NOS Journaal reported today.

The public prosecution department in Amsterdam is not making any announcements about the case, said a spokesperson. Nor are the police able to confirm the report.

The arrest was reportedly made after a closed hearing in the Willem Holleeder trial on Tuesday evening. Kees Houtman, killed near his villa in Amsterdam-Osdorp in November 2005, is thought to have been one of the blackmail victims of Holleeder and several of his fellow suspects.

At the end of the hearing on Tuesday the court decided to close the doors to the public and press at the request of a lawyer for one of the suspects, René van D. Justice officials say he was involved in blackmailing Houtman. Lawyer Ilse Van der Meer wanted a closed meeting about one of the prosecution's anonymous witnesses, being referred to at witness "C".

Houtman's widow was initially also one of the prosecution's three anonymous witnesses (witness "A") in the Holleeder case but now is testifying under her own name.

It is almost certain that café owner Thomas van der Bijl, who was killed in April last year, was anonymous witness "B."  He was shot dead in the bar he owned in Amsterdam-West just a few days before he was to be questioned by the investigating magistrate.

Van der Bijl was a good friend of Houtman's, and his murder is as good as solved. The direct involvement of Willem Holleeder has not yet been uncovered however.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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