Wijsmuller continues to deny extortion

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007, AMSTERDAM - John Wijsmuller, one of the suspected extortion victims of Willem Holleeder and two other fellow suspects, continues to insist he was not a victim. Wijsmuller appeared as a witness in the case against Holleeder on Thursday. He was accompanied by his lawyer, J. Italianer. The public prosecution department suspects Holleeder, Senol T. and Ozan T. of extorting large sums of money from real estate dealer Wijsmuller. They are suspected of having used physical violence.

20 September 2007

AMSTERDAM - John Wijsmuller, one of the suspected extortion victims of Willem Holleeder and two other fellow suspects, continues to insist he was not a victim. Wijsmuller appeared as a witness in the case against Holleeder on Thursday. He was accompanied by his lawyer, J. Italianer.
 
The public prosecution department suspects Holleeder, Senol T. and Ozan T. of extorting large sums of money from real estate dealer Wijsmuller. They are suspected of having used physical violence.

Public prosecutor Koos Plooij confronted Wijsmuller in the courtroom with a number of tapped phone conversations dating from 1998. Senol T., a suspect who is now fugitive, is involved in all the conversations.

Plooij says that the conversations indicate that Wijsmuller was put under a great deal of pressure to pay at the time.

Wijsmuller said on Thursday that this was not the case at all. He stressed he has had a friendly relationship with T. for a long time, and even used him as an intermediary in a number of real estate transactions. "I've never had the idea that T. was after my money," Wijsmuller said. Wijsmuller also consistently denied he was a victim during the preliminary investigation.

In a tapped phone conversation between T. and a friend T. reports that he "gave a few slaps" to someone with whom he'd had an appointment in the Apollo hotel in Amsterdam.

Plooij claims Wijsmuller was the victim of the abuse. "I've never been struck by T.," a resolute Wijsmuller declared.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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