The court in Amsterdam sentenced criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder to life in prison on Thursday. He was convicted of ordering six murders and participating in a criminal organization. Life in prison is the only fitting punishment for Holleeder, the court said. "You think you have unscrupulous and indifferent control over life and death", the court said , according to the NOS live blog on the trial.
The lawyers of convicted criminal Dino Soerel posted the transcription of a conversation between criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder and crime journalist Peter R. de Vries online. De Vries plans to play the recording, dating from 2011, on RTL Boulevard on Tuesday evening. Soerel's lawyers, from Ficq & Partners, wanted to beat him to it, NOS reports.
On their website the lawyers write that De Vries is creating a false picture of reality and acts as a journalist in an "extremely questionable way".
Spy shop Spy City Amsterdam on Moezelhavenweg was closed indefinitely by order of the municipality following an attempt to assassinate the shop's manager on Tuesday. According to Mayor Femke Halsema, the attempted murder "seriously disrupted" the "residential- and living climate" of the street and area, Het Parool reports.
The police arrested thee suspects for trying to assassinate a 31-year-old man from Alkmaar on an industrial estate on Moezelhavenweg near the A5 in Amsterdam on Tuesday morning. The victim, an employee of a spy shop, was beaten with a firearm, NOS reports.
The perpetrators actually wanted to shoot the victim, but their firearm malfunctioned and wouldn't fire. So they beat him with the firearm instead, before fleeing in a stolen Audi Q5. The Alkmaar man was seriously injured.
Astrid Holleeder - sister of criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder - fiercely criticized the way she, her sister Sonja and Sandra den Hartog are being protected after testifying against her brother. In her new book Dagboek van een getuige, she writes that their protection against possible retaliation by Willem Holleeder, fails on all sides, NU.nl reports.
The three women have been in witness protection since they gave testimonies against Holleeder.
An American television series is in the works for Astrid Holleeder's book Judas, in which she tells about her life under criminal brother Willem Holldeeder, Deadline reports.
"Judas is the unbelievable but true story which follows Holleeder's life as the youngest sister to Willem Holleeder, the Netherlands' most notorious criminal mob boss", the entertainment website writes. "Judas is described as a story about family, betrayal and a woman's journey of empowerment through the unthinkable."
In court on Friday Willem Holleeder accused his sister Astrid of sabotaging the process of the criminal trial against him. "All this whining is not because of the magistrate or my lawyers, but Astrid. She wants to keep control", Holleeder said in the 10th pro-forma hearing in the lawsuit against him, AD reports.
Astrid Holleeder will testify in court against her criminal brother Willem, she said to KRO-NCRV program Brandpunt on Tuesday. The program asked her a number of questions via her publisher, NU.nl reports.
Astrid Holleeder, sister of organized crime boss Willem Holleeder, has "gone underground" a good two months after her book Judas was published, she said in an interview with Libelle.
In the book Astrid writes about her family, making several accusations about her brother Willem Holleeder. Judas was a best seller in the Netherlands for ten weeks after it published. Several different translations were announced and there will also be an audio book.
According to notorious Dutch criminal Willem Holleeder, his sisters are manipulating the trial against him by lying in their testimony, he said in a pre-trial hearing in the court in Amsterdam on Thursday
Willem Holleeder tried to have his sisters assassinated from the maximum security prison in Vught, the Public Prosecutor revealed during a pro-forma hearing in the case against the infamous criminal on Monday
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
Leaked documents from the so-called Passage-process show crime boss Willem Holleeder accusing his sisters of drug trafficking. The Public Prosecutor is investigating the leak.
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.
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.