Holleeder trial resumes

10th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 September 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - The trial against Willem Holleeder, one of the Netherlands' alleged top criminals, was due to resume on Monday with hearings expected to take until mid-November.

10 September 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - The trial against Willem Holleeder, one of the Netherlands' alleged top criminals, was due to resume on Monday with hearings expected to take until mid-November.

Holleeder faces numerous charges including extortion. One of his alleged victims was the late Willem Endstra, a top businessman in commercial and residential property who was gunned down in 2004.

Amsterdam police last week for the first time said they suspect Holleeder commissioned the killing.

Previously the police had only hinted at Holleeder's involvement in "killings," not mentioning any names.

Holleeder's trial was postponed in April after he was diagnosed with heart failure. He subsequently underwent emergency heart surgery and has since been in rehabilitation in prison in Scheveningen, near The Hague.

According to his lawyer Jan-Heijn Kuijpers, Holleeder's health is still very weak and his doctors have recommended that the duration of the daily court sessions be limited.

Extra security measures have been taken at the fortified Amsterdam court including a protective metal wall erected around the building.

At the start of the trial in April missiles were fired at the building in the night preceding the first day of hearings. The rockets damaged the first floor but the culprits were not found.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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