A key crown witness in the trial of suspected crime boss Willem Holleeder was found dead in his home in Amsterdam south on Tuesday morning. The police said they can neither confirm nor deny that Bram Zeegers had committed suicide.
Zeegers was a confidant of the property tycoon Willem Endstra who was shot dead in 2004.
The report of Zeegers’ death was made by someone at his home, police said. This person, who is not a suspect, was taken to hospital by ambulance on Monday night after becoming unwell, reports ANP news service.
Last week Zeegers gave evidence in the trial of Holleeder who is charged with the blackmail of four property tycoons and has been linked to ordering the murder of Endstra and several other killings.
In order not to be recognised Zeegers appeared in the heavily guarded court behind a black screen, says ANP.
Zeegers sketched a detailed picture of the hopeless situation Endstra found himself in as a result of a blackmail campaign, says the Telegraaf.
‘We discussed all the possibilities. We even talked about whether it would be a solution to shoot dead Willem Holleeder or give someone the information to do it. But it was theoretical, there was no solution,’ the paper quotes Zeegers as saying.
According to Zeegers, Endstra’s days were numbered after 2003. ‘I even went out and bought him a bullet-proof vest,’ quotes the Telegraaf.
Zeegers made 15 detailed police declarations during the preparation of the Holleeder case.
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