Zeegers' girlfriend being held

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9 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – The police are holding in custody a girlfriend of former lawyer Bram Zeegers found dead on Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into his death.

9 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – The police are holding in custody a girlfriend of former lawyer Bram Zeegers found dead on Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into his death.

She was in the home when police arrived at the residence on the Lairessestraat in Amsterdam-Zuid. The woman was in no condition for questioning at that point and was brought to hospital. The police spoke with her later in the day.

Olivier Dutilh, head of the serious crime department at the Amsterdam-Amstelland police, said this on Tuesday during a press conference. At about 3.15 am this morning police found 58-year-old Zeegers in poor condition in a bathtub at the home, after a woman had called 112.

Paramedics from two ambulances and the fire brigade tried to resuscitate the man but to no avail.

The police are not ruling anything out in the case, including the possibility that he may have been the victim of a crime. Dutilh: "We are keeping all possible scenarios in mind."

The body will be brought to the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) in Rijswijk for an autopsy. Police do not expect to be able to make any concrete statements on Zeegers' cause of death until these results are ready.

In light of the man's role as witness in the Holleeder trial, police in Amsterdam have commissioned the regional investigation service to start an inquiry immediately. Dutilh expects the investigation of the home where Zeegers was found to continue until this evening. The body was removed from the home at about 12.15 this afternoon.

The former lawyer had been under protection recently because of the danger he may have been in as a witness in the high profile case. Police and justice officials do not want to comment on the degree of protection.

The report to 112 "apparently came" from the home where Zeegers was found, Dutilh said. The woman who called the emergency services gave the police the wrong house number however. Officers realised that the call must have concerned a different residence, but no one answered the door when they arrived. After forcing entry they found Zeegers and the girlfriend in the home. There was no one else present in the house at the time.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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