Witness 'lied' about Hells Angels murders
10 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The former president of the Hells Angels in Amsterdam, "Big Willem" van Boxtel, has denied in court he gave the order for the murder of three bikers last year.
10 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — The former president of the Hells Angels in Amsterdam, "Big Willem" van Boxtel, has denied in court he gave the order for the murder of three bikers last year.
Called to testify before the high-security Amsterdam-Osdorp court on Thursday, Van Boxtel, 50, said claims by state witness Angelo D. that he had ordered the murders were pure lies.
Fifteen people connected to the Nomads, the Hells Angels chapter in Limburg, are on trial for the murder of former Nomads leader, Paul de Vries, and two other members, Serge Wagner and Cor Peijnenburg.
The three were shot multiple times and their bodies dumped in a stream near the town of Echt, where they were found on 13 February 2004. The 15 defendants have died any involvement in the killings.
The court decided to call Big Willem following testimony by the State's star witness Angelo D. last week.
Angelo D., 45, is a member of the Caribbean Brothers motorcycle gang in Curacao, a gang which is also affiliated to the Hells Angels.
He claimed in court last week that the men were killed after 300kg of cocaine went missing. He said Big Willem — then president of the Amsterdam chapter of the Hells Angels — knew about the murders.
D. also said he was told the day after the funerals that the order to kill the three victims came from Amsterdam itself.
Van Boxtel refuted D.'s claims, describing them as "not only gross lies, but also insinuations based on nothing".
Earlier, Van Boxtel's lawyer Marcel van Gessel said he feared his client might be arrested once he leaves the witness stand
The trial continues.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news