Murder plot prosecutor continues mafia fight
2 July 2004, AMSTERDAM — Lawyer Koos Plooy is to transfer from the public prosecutor's office in Amsterdam to the national division, where he will once more be involved in the fight against organised crime.
2 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — Lawyer Koos Plooy is to transfer from the public prosecutor's office in Amsterdam to the national division, where he will once more be involved in the fight against organised crime.
The appointment is noteworthy because Plooy transferred within the Amsterdam office in February when he suspended his involvement in cases against organised crime after he became the target of a murder plot.
But the Amsterdam prosecution office confirmed on Thursday that Plooy will be transferred to the national office, which co-operates closely with the criminal investigation department in investigations into serious and organised crime.
Plooy has worked in Amsterdam on organised crime cases since 1998, investigating Dutch and Yugoslavian crime networks, which are said to be the most criminal and violent in the Netherlands.
There have been a spate of gangland slayings in Amsterdam in recent years − mainly in the Dutch and Yugoslavian networks − and most of the crimes remain unsolved.
Plooy became well-known across the Netherlands when he successfully prosecuted animal rights activist Volkert van der Graaf who murdered populist politician Pim Fortuyn, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
It was revealed in August 2003 that criminals were planning to murder Plooy. The threat was taken extremely seriously and Plooy was placed under 24-hour security.
The national prosecution department, under the leadership of Fred Teeven, is investigating the murder plot and has sought permission to make a deal with a known criminal in exchange for information that could lead to an arrest in the case. But Public Prosecution Office (OM) chiefs have denied the request.
The witness allegedly has evidence implicating Serbian criminal Sreten Jocic, who is said to be the brain behind the murder plot.
Jocic was extradited from Bulgaria to the Netherlands in 2002 for shooting a Dutch police officer. He is also wanted in Germany on charges of cocaine trafficking. Jocic denies involvement in the plot against Plooy.
He appeared in the high-security Amsterdam-Osdorp courthouse on Thursday on charges relating to the smuggling of 20kg of heroin from Turkey to the Netherlands. The case was adjourned for at least one month.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news