Prosecution wants 12 years for Holleeder

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13 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – The public prosecution department demanded a sentence of 12 years for Willem Holleeder on Monday for blackmailing three businessmen. The most important file in the case is that of real estate magnate Willem Endstra, who was murdered in May 2004.

13 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – The public prosecution department demanded a sentence of 12 years for Willem Holleeder on Monday for blackmailing three businessmen. The most important file in the case is that of real estate magnate Willem Endstra, who was murdered in May 2004.

The trial involves a total of four extortion cases, but the justice department has asked that Holleeder be acquitted for one of the cases. For eight fellow suspects the prosecution demanded sentences ranging from 240 hours of community service to four years in prison.

Holleeder should go to prison not only for extortion, the justice department says, but also for laundering criminal money, participation in a criminal organisation, assault and threatening. His part in the extortion of businessman John Wijsmuller cannot be adequately demonstrated, according to prosecutors.

Holleeder's lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers was not surprised at the prosecution's demand against his client. "The court will ultimately decide the outcome."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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