'Vigilante' AH worker arrested again

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4 December 2003 AMSTERDAM — Two Amsterdam Albert Heijn (AH) workers have been arrested after a violent confrontation with a customer and the public prosecution has confirmed that one of them was previously arrested for vigilante-style actions against a thief.In the latest incident, the two staff members are alleged to have come to blows with a customer of the Eerste van Swindenstraat supermarket in Amsterdam. They were arrested on Friday 28 November, but released the next day, nu.nl reported.Police also de

4 December 2003

AMSTERDAM — Two Amsterdam Albert Heijn (AH) workers have been arrested after a violent confrontation with a customer and the public prosecution has confirmed that one of them was previously arrested for vigilante-style actions against a thief.

In the latest incident, the two staff members are alleged to have come to blows with a customer of the Eerste van Swindenstraat supermarket in Amsterdam. They were arrested on Friday 28 November, but released the next day, nu.nl reported.

Police also detained two customers who were allegedly hit by the two AH workers. They were held in remand custody longer than the supermarket employees, but have also been released.

A lawyer representing one of the alleged victims said his client went to the AH supermarket with a male friend on 28 November, but were asked to leave the premises. One of them became aggressive and was allegedly hit several times by the two supermarket workers.

One of the detained staff members was arrested in 2002 after he and a colleague chased after an armed robber in a vigilante-style action that resulted in the robber's arrest. But his arrest caused public outrage and Prince Bernhard, the father of Queen Beatrix, was highly critical of the fact that people who take action against crime are punished.

The AH worker, identified as Simon Lindeman, was ordered to pay a EUR 600 fine, EUR 300 of which was suspended. But an outraged Prince Bernhard paid the man's fine.

A public prosecution spokeswoman said on Thursday it is not yet certain if the AH workers will be prosecuted for the incident. She said the case was more subtle than the previous case, in which the AH worker punched the armed robber in the nose even though the police had arrived and had placed the thief in handcuffs.

The same AH worker was arrested in June — also with colleague Lucas Portius, who was involved in the first vigilante-style action in 2002 — on charges he violently detained a shop thief. But the prosecution later dismissed the charges.

Concerns of repeat incidents were raised in October when drug addict Anja Joos was kicked and beaten to death outside an Amsterdam Pijp Dirk van den Broek supermarket. She had been wrongly suspected of theft and a nine male youths, some of them Moroccan, have been arrested and are awaiting trial.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

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