Holleeder trial postponed

10th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Haarlem court has decided to postpone the trial of crime boss Willem Holleeder indefinitely. Holleeder's lawyer, Jan-Hein Kuijpers, had requested this because his client is in hospital with serious heart problems. The court believes Holleeder's right to be present at his trial is paramount.

10 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Haarlem court has decided to postpone the trial of crime boss Willem Holleeder indefinitely. Holleeder's lawyer, Jan-Hein Kuijpers, had requested this because his client is in hospital with serious heart problems. The court believes Holleeder's right to be present at his trial is paramount.

On the Thursday the court will discuss what will happen with the trials of Holleeder's fellow suspects. The justice department suspects Holleeder and a number of other suspects of blackmailing four businessmen who were primarily active in real estate. Holleeder is also being tried for the assault of several people.

Kuijpers informed the court today of his client's situation. Holleeder is suffering a leaking cardiac valve and kidney failure. "Holleeder must be operated on quickly or his life will be in acute danger," Kuijpers said. "The situation is very serious."

Public prosecutor Koos Plooij confirmed on Tuesday that Holleeder's condition was as serious as Kuijpers had made it out to be. He does not object to postponing the case.

The lawyer asked the court to postpone the case indefinitely. He said that Holleeder will most likely have to undergo open heart surgery. Kuijpers expects that Holleeder's rehabilitation could take months. The defence lawyer added that the doctors have ordered that Holleeder may not be put under any stress during his rehabilitation.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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