Five men jailed for up to 20 years in gangland shooting which victim survived

Police cordon at the Haaksbergen crash siteFive men have been jailed for between 12.5 and 20 years for their role in an attempted gangland killing in which a car was riddled with bullets in the middle of a residential area of Diemen in 2015.

The victim, a known gangland figure, survived the attack and attempted to drive off. His car ended up in a nearby canal.

The two gunmen, who shot at least 34 times at the victim using semi-automatic weapons were both sentenced to 20 years in jail.

The driver of the getaway car and two other men who had followed the victim were also sent to prison, the driver for 16 years, the others for 12.5 years.

The sentences handed down by judges in Amsterdam are particularly severe by Dutch standards, commentators said.

The judges said they hoped the long sentences would have a preventative effect, given the current spate of gangland killings in the Dutch capital.

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