Court hears appeal in Holleeder case

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A Rotterdam court will hear appeals from both Public Prosecutors’ office and the defence counsel of crime boss Willem Holleeder.

28 August 2008

ROTTERDAM -- A court in Rotterdam will hear the appeal in Willem Holleeder case on Thursday and Friday where the Public Prosecutors' office and defence counsel can ask the court to re-open the investigation.

In December 2007, the Netherlands’ most notorious crime boss was sentenced to nine years in prison for blackmailing three businessmen, leading a criminal organisation, laundering criminal money and committing assault.

Both the convict and the Public Prosecutors' office filed an appeal.

The public prosecution department had demanded Holleeder be sentenced to 12 years in prison, for having conspired with various groups of individuals to blackmail wealthy businessmen, including Willem Endstra, who was killed in 2004, and Rolf Friedländer.

Holleeder's lawyers want an acquittal. The court is also hearing the appeals of six of Holleeder's associates.

Holleeder kidnapped beer magnate Freddie Heineken in 1983 and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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