Witness links Dutch underworld boss to liquidation

30th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The chief witness in a liquidation trial in Amsterdam’s high security bunker courtroom has linked top criminal Willem Holleeder directly to the murder of publican Thomas van der Bijl. Mr van der Bijl was shot dead on 20 April 2006 in his pub De Hallen in west Amsterdam. It was one of a series of liquidations in the capital between 2000 and 2006.

The witness says he was asked to go to the pub by his partner in crime so that Holleeder could point out the victim. In the end, the liquidation was carried out by two other hitmen.

Holleeder is not a suspect in the so-called Passage trial, but his name recurs frequently in the dossier. Another Dutch underworld figure Dino Soerel, who is friends with Holleeder, is believed to have ordered the killing.

Mr Van der Bijl suspected Holleeder of being involved in the liquidation in 2003 of Cor van Hout, one of the kidnappers of beer magnate Freddy Heiniken, and drugs dealer Kees Houtman. The publican had secretly informed the police of his suspicions in detail. He was about to make a statement to the police commissioner when he was killed.

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