Pistol used to kill Dutch journalist present in alleged getaway automobile, courtroom advised | Netherlands

A modified firing pistol believed to have been used to kill the Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries was discovered within the alleged getaway automobile of the 2 males on trial for his homicide, a courtroom has heard.

On the opening day of the suspects’ trial in The Hague, held below excessive safety, prosecutors mentioned witnesses, safety digicam footage and scientific proof all pointed to Delano G, 21, being the shooter and Kamiel E, 35, appearing because the getaway driver.

De Vries, 64, a family identify within the Netherlands, was shot 5 instances – together with a minimum of as soon as within the head – at about 7.45pm native time (1845 BST) on 6 July on his solution to a parking lot on the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat in Amsterdam after leaving a close-by TV studio. He died 9 days after the assault.

Prosecutors mentioned that when the 2 males had been detained on the A4 motorway in a Renault Clio about 30 miles exterior town, police discovered a Heckler and Koch machine pistol and, in a Louis Vuitton bag, a blank-firing pistol that had been modified to take 9mm rounds.

Forensic exams confirmed {that a} bullet present in De Vries’ head was in all probability fired by the modified gun.

Peter R de Vries speaking to the media in September 2020. {Photograph}: Marcel Van Hoorn/EPA

Delano G, a Dutch nationwide, declined to make an announcement in courtroom. He has refused to talk to police and prosecutors. Kamiel E, a Polish nationwide who spoke via an interpreter, claimed to haven’t been conscious of any plan to kill De Vries.

He mentioned: “Your honour, I didn’t kill anyone, I do know nothing concerning the homicide, I didn’t see a weapon … I need to say that I’m harmless.

“I wasn’t instructed the place to go till simply earlier than that … The day earlier than I obtained a automobile and €100. They advised me to not fear and to convey somebody to Amsterdam.”

Kamiel E claimed that Delano G had left the automobile with out him in Amsterdam solely to later run again, earlier than departing for Rotterdam. The 2 males had been stopped by the police inside an hour.

De Vries grew to become well-known for reporting the kidnapping of the millionaire brewer Freddy Heineken in 1983 and he had his personal TV present for 17 years pursuing unsolved instances. He had been appearing as an adviser to the important thing prosecution witness in opposition to Ridouan Taghi, often called the Netherlands’ most needed prison.

Taghi is on trial together with 16 different males for alleged involvement in a sequence of murders and tried murders. Each a lawyer representing the witness and the witness’s brother have been murdered. A lawyer for Taghi denied on Monday that his shopper was concerned in De Vries’s killing.

The 2 males’s trial will proceed in December. Prosecutors mentioned their investigation was persevering with.

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