Mink Kok freed on murder charges

Convicted drugs and weapons trader Mink Kok has been found not guilty of the 1993 murder of drugs dealer Jaap van der Heiden in a high-profile and controversial court case.

Van der Heiden was killed when a bag loaded with explosives blew up outside his Alkmaar home.
The judges threw out several witness statements for being unreliable. The public prosecution department said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ and would appeal.
Nick-named the Thinker, Kok is said to be a leading figure in the Dutch underworld and a rival of Willem Holleeder who is currently on trial for blackmail.

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