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De Vries says not guilty in Australian court, case adjourned

Tuesday 24 August 2010

Television reporter Peter R de Vries has pleaded not guilty in an Australian court to disobeying a police order to stay away from an international crime suspect, news agency AP reports.

De Vries and a colleague were arrested last week after visiting a property in Perth despite being told by police to stay away.

De Vries said he was trying to deliver a letter to a man he suspects of involvement in the death of Dutch woman Mariska Mast while on holiday in Honduras in 2008.

A British-Australian diving instructor was arrested but later freed and his passport confiscated. With dual nationality, he used a second passport to flee Honduras. De Vries and his team traced him to Perth.


According to AP, Interpol lists the man as wanted by a Honduran court for alleged crimes against life and health.

The case against De Vries has been adjourned until September 7, when a trial date will be set, AP reported.

De Vries made global headlines in 2008 with a tv show about the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on Aruba in 2005. The show was based on hidden-camera interviews with Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man last seen with Holloway before she vanished.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Peter de Vries acts like he is above the law. He may be some sort of big deal in Holland but he is just an arrogant pest here.

By Roly | 24 August 2010 2:58 PM

It's quite painful to know that Mr.Peter R de Vries who is a renowned journalist and a man of high moral values and almost an autharity on helping system of Justice, was taken in to custody!!

I hope our government would discuss this metter with Australian officials, to let them know that Mr.de Vries is not a criminal but a person who is secrificing and risking his life for the sake of humanity by helping the autharities to reach to the criminals where many time state apparatus fails to do so.

This is the time for the Australian Democracy to make sure that Justice will be done to Mr.Peter R. de Vries (on this unfortunate inhuman treatment to our hero)

By Khalid Ahmed Chaudry | 24 August 2010 5:57 PM

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