Murdered lawyer was 'AIVD informant'

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16 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — Lawyer Evert Hingst, who was gunned down at his Amsterdam home late last year, worked for the Dutch intelligence service (AIVD) to infiltrate top criminal gangs, a magazine has claimed.

16 February 2006

AMSTERDAM — Lawyer Evert Hingst, who was gunned down at his Amsterdam home late last year, worked for the Dutch intelligence service (AIVD) to infiltrate top criminal gangs, a magazine has claimed.

Two weeks ago information about an informant the AIVD had within Amsterdam's crime world were leaked. Newspaper 'De Telegraaf' saw the files and published a story about the allegations.

Now magazine 'Vrij Nederland' has claimed the informant was lawyer Evert Hingst. In this capacity, the magazine said, Hingst had access to the circle of "top criminals" Mink K. and Stanley H. Hingst was Mink K.'s lawyer.

The AIVD declined to comment about the article on Wednesday.

The leaked files indicated the BVD, the forerunner to the AIVD, carried out extensive investigations in the late 1990s into corruption within the Amsterdam police and justice department in relation to Mink K. This reputed crime figure allegedly dedicated millions every year to bribe police officers and prosecutors.

'Vrij Nederland' said the BVD had two informants within Mink K.'s group. They were codenamed "Sentaro" and "Herfstbos".

Evert Hingst was "Sentaro", the magazine said. It based its claim on "numerous sources in justice circles".

Hingst, 26, was shot dead outside his home in Amsterdam on 31 October. In the same period top Amsterdam criminal John Mieremet was shot dead in Thailand and armed robber-turned property dealer Kees Houtman was assassinated in the Osdorp district of Amsterdam.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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