Willem Holleeder remains in custody
3 September 2007, HAARLEM (ANP) – The alleged gang leader Willem Holleeder will remain in pre-trial detention. The court in Haarlem took this decision on Monday, according to a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution department.
3 September 2007
HAARLEM (ANP) – The alleged gang leader Willem Holleeder will remain in pre-trial detention. The court in Haarlem took this decision on Monday, according to a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution department.
On Friday Holleeder’s lawyer, Jan-Heijn Kuijpers had asked the court to release his client because Holleeder could not recover from his heart operation under the strict prison regime. The court has dismissed the request.
After Holleeder was diagnosed with a massive heart failure and underwent a major heart operation at the beginning of April.
The legal case against him has been suspended until September when he and a number of fellow suspects are supposed to stand trial on suspicion of extorting four businessmen, most of whom were active in real estate, one of them was the Amsterdam property magnate Willem Endstra.
After the operation Holleeder was admitted to the prison hospital in Scheveningen. In the hospital Holleeder still falls under the High Security Regime, the strictest regime in Dutch prisons. The same regime that he fell under in the prison in Vught where was detained earlier.
Earlier Holleeder had raised objections against the high security regime but the appeals commission of the Council for the Application of Criminal Law and Juvenile Protection dismissed the appeal as unfounded.
The commission, which issued this statement on today (Monday), felt that it cannot be ruled out that the suspect escapes. If that happened, it is likely that Holleeder would ‘pose an unacceptable risk to society’. The commission also felt that the strict security regime should not hamper Holleeder’s recovery.
[Copyright Expatica + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news