Holleeder better, blackmail trial to resume
The trial of suspected crime boss Willem Holleeder and nine others on blackmail charges can resume on September 10, his lawyer said on Monday.
Holleeder’s convalesence from heart surgery at Scheveningen prison hospital is ‘on schedule’ and he has discussed making his reappearance in court with his cardiologist, Jan-Hein Kuijpers, during a court hearing.
Holleeder underwent surgery in April, just days after the trial began. Holleeder and his fellow suspects are accused of blackmailing four property magnates. Two of them, Kees Houtman and Willem Endstra, have been murdered. Holleeder, who served a prison term for his role in the kidnapping of beer magnate Freddie Heineken in 1983, denies the charges.
Kuijpers urged the courts to place Holleeder in a prison closer to the Osdorp high-security court complex where the trial is taking place. Before becoming ill, Holleeder was held at the high security prison in Vught.
Kuijpers said the security measures surrounding his client were ‘completely idiotic’. The only way Holleeder wanted to get out of prison was on a ‘not guilty verdict’, Kuijpers said.
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