A defect on a rented night-vision camera was the reason that Freddy Heineken's kidnappers got away with 30 million euros the night the ransom was dropped, former Justice Minister Frits Krothals Altes reveals in his new book Zeven politieke levens. The kidnappers were on the run for two years before the police finally caught up to them, AD reports.
One of two men convicted for stealing two paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002, told his story to the Telegraaf over the weekend. Octave Durham told the newspaper that he and companion Henk B. actually wanted to steal the famous paintings Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters, but the first was too well guarded and the second was too large to fit through the window they broke to get into the museum.
Former criminal and crime writer Martin Kok was buried on Thursday. His funeral began in Volendam and ended in the Vrednhof cemetery in Amsterdam, where he was burried two tombstones removed from his friend and Heineken kidnapper Cor van Hout, AD reports.
Kok's coffin was carried by four young women in skimpy outfits. Champagne was served during the service. Friends and family ended the service with a last toast: "You were a top guy. You were a murder guy." and the lighting of firecrackers. PowNed filmed the funeral and posted it on YouTube on Friday.
An accusation of conflict of interest against Willem Holleeder's lawyer, Stijn Franken, will likely be discussed during a non-substantive hearing in the case against the top-criminal in the Amsterdam court on Tuesday
Crime boss Willem Holleeder's defense wants 20 days each to question Holleeder's two sisters and ex-girlfriend. The Public Prosecutor wants these three women to be questioned directly in court, instead of behind closed doors
Crime boss Willem Holleeder was becoming crazier and crazier. "He is a psychopath. He's really sick", his sister Sonja testified in the court in Amsterdam on Tuesday. He threatened her children. "We had to flip for who he would shoot first", she said
Astrid Holleeder testified against her brother, Willem Holleeder, in the court in Amsterdam on Monday. She talked about her brother's role in the assassination wave that plagued Amsterdam these past few years. One of the first things she said is that Holleeder has an "unhealthy blood lust" and that "it has to stop"
Two new recorded conversations between crime boss Willem Holleeder and his sister Astrid have surfaced. These conversations were recorded by Astrid before Holleeder was arrested. Portions of these conversations have been added to the criminal file against him.
The indictment against criminal boss Willem Holleeder has been expanded to include eliciting the murders of Willem Endstra, Cor van Hout and John Mieremet. He will also be charged with eliciting an attempted assassination against John Mieremet, the Public Prosecutor announced during a pro forma hearing on Thursday.
The phone restrictions on Willem Holleeder in the maximum security prison in Vught, was lifted last week. He may now make phone calls. This worries Holleeder's sisters and ex-girlfriend - they are afraid that Holleeder will take revenge on them from jail.
Willem Holleeder is likely to hear the testimony given by the three most important women in his life for the first time today. His two sisters Astrid and Sonja and Sandra, the widow of Sam Klepper who was murdered in 2000, secretly testified about Holleeder's criminal life two years ago.
Fred Ross, the key witness in the execution process Passage, was involved in the murder of Heineken kidnapper Cor van Hout. This is according to TV program Brandpunt Reporter based on pieces from the police file that have not previously been made public, NOS reports.
A new trailer for the American adaption of the Heineken kidnapping Kidnapping Mr. Heineken has been released.
The fire in a farmhouse in Zwaag, Noord-Holland on Tuesday night seems to have been an assassination attempt on top criminal Nico V., an alleged assassin on Heineken-kidnapper Cor van Hout.
A fire broke out in a thatched farmhouse in Zwaag last night. The farmhouse belongs to top criminal Nico V. Neighbors had to be evacuated as a precaution because of the smoke. They were collected in a local cafe and eventually had to spend the night elsewhere.
The Magistrate has decided that Willem Holleeder will be detained for a further two weeks, following his arrest on Saturday, December 13. Willem Holleeder was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the assassinations on Kees Houtman in 2005 and Thomas van der Bijl in 2006.
The immediate family of star witness Fred Ros is in so much danger of revenge attacks by the underworld, that justice has taken security measures.
The Public Prosecutor started a new preliminary investigation into Willem Holleeder on September 10th. The investigation is led by investigating judge SF van Merwijk.