Dutch tycoon's suicide may have been murder

29th June 2010, Comments 0 comments


Relatives of the Dutch business tycoon Sjoerd Kooistra, who was found dead in his villa on Monday, have told reporters that he may have been the victim of a contract killing. One of the relatives told the ANP agency that they thought suicide unlikely.

Mr Kooistra, who owned dozens of pubs and restaurants in the Netherlands, had been involved in a lengthy dispute with brewer Heineken over multi-million debts. The so-called "beer war" between Heineken and Mr Kooistra directly affected many people working in the hospitality business, causing them to turn against him. The relative, whose identity has not been made public, added "He owned so much real estate that he could have raised enough money to clear his debts."

The Kooistra family has let it be known that the sudden death of the hospitality industry tycoon has hit them hard. "But we realise that he was both loved and hated. He could be very uncompromising, but he had to be in order to get repayment on his loans."

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