Suspected crime boss trial re-opens

The trial of suspected crime boss Willem Holleeder continues on Monday morning at the top security court in Osdorp, Amsterdam. Holleeder and a number of co-defendants are charged with the blackmail of four property tycoons.

One of the alleged victims of the blackmail, Willem Endstra, was shot dead in May 2004. Last week Amsterdam police said they are considering Holleeder as a potential suspect for ordering the liquidation, reports ANP news service.
It was the first time Holleeder has been officially linked to a specific murder although the prosecution department had earlier said he could be linked to a number of liquidations under investigation.
Holleeder’s trial was suspended in April when he became ill and was taken to hospital where he underwent a heart operation. According to his lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers, Holleeder is still physically weak, reports ANP today.
The trial is expected to last until November.
The court building in Osdorp has been fortified by a meter-high metal wall for the trial. The night before the trial began in April, the court building was fired on by two grenades. No-one has yet been arrested for the attack.

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