Last summer, journalist Peter R. de Vries was murdered in Amsterdam. The authorities suspect a Dutch drug gang to be behind the crime. At the beginning of the trial, the suspected shooter kept silent.
The trial of the murder of Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries has begun in Amsterdam under the strictest security measures. The alleged perpetrator, Delano G., who is said to have shot the reporter, did not want to comment on the charges in court. "I don't want to say anything," said the 22-year-old from Rotterdam. His alleged accomplice denied the allegations.
The prominent reporter was hit by six bullets on the street in Amsterdam in July 2021 and died nine days later. The murder had shaken the Netherlands badly and also triggered international horror. Peter R. de Vries was valued as an uncompromising fighter against crime and had long been in the crosshairs of the mafia. The prosecution believes that the murder was carried out on behalf of the notorious drug gang of Moroccan Dutchman Ridouan Taghi. The verdict is expected in July.
The two suspects were caught on the freeway shortly after the crime. According to the public prosecutor's office, the murder weapon, a converted signal pistol, was also found in the car. A cell phone with incriminating text messages was also found. There is also DNA evidence, camera images, fingerprints and witness statements.
The Pole Kamil E., who lives in the Netherlands, is said to have driven the getaway car. But he claims to be innocent. "I didn't murder anyone. I was just the driver," the 36-year-old told the court. He picked up the accused Delano G. from Rotterdam and brought him to Amsterdam. Kamil E. is said to have scouted out the area of the later crime scene days before the murder.