Holland’s most notorious criminal, kidnapper and blackmailer Willem Holleeder, is to write a column for weekly Nieuwe Revu, the magazine said on Wednesday.
The magazine has signed Holleeder up to write about his life for six months, starting in September. He will also write about his time in jail and personal life, the magazine said in a statement.
Holleeder was released from jail in January after serving six years of a nine-year sentence for extortion and blackmail. The 53-year-old, who also spent time in jail for kidnapping beer magnate Freddie Heineken, is still considered a suspect in connection with a number of gangland killings.
The contract with Holleeder will end if he comes in contact with the police again, Nieuwe Revu editor Erik Noomen said.
‘The only legal issue still facing Holleeder is the €18m which the state wants from him, money which Holleeder says he does not have,’ Noomen said. ‘So let us at Nieuwe Revu give the justice ministry a helping hand [to recover its money].’
Earlier this month, a court in Haarlem ordered Holleeder to repay nearly €18m which he is said to have made from blackmailing three businessmen.
A contract with a famous criminal who fascinates the general public fits in with Nieuwe Revu’s anti-establishment character, Noomen said.
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