‘Godfather’ Holleeder breaks his silence

The justice ministry may take sanctions against Holland’s top crime boss suspect, Willem Holleeder, who has broken his silence in an interview with today’s Telegraaf. The ministry says Holleeder, who is being held at the top security prison in Vught pending his trial, did not have permission to talk to the press.

A ministry spokesman told ANP the department would wait until the interview is aired on TV tonight before deciding whether to take disciplinary action.
Holleeder is accused of blackmailing several real estate magnates, including Willem Endstra who was murdered in 2004. He is also under investigation for his role in a number of Amsterdam gangland killings.
In the newspaper interview the ‘Godfather’ says claims made against him by the public prosecution service are ‘rubbish’. He says he looks forward to the chance to put his case forward to the judge when his trial begins in April.
In the past Holleeder has always used his right to remain silent in court. ‘It isn’t easy when the media writes you off as some sort of monster when you yourself know that you didn’t do it,’ says Holleeder.

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