Celebrity Dutch criminal activity press reporter Peter R. de Vries, understood for his operate in exposing the criminal underworld, is defending his life after being shot on an Amsterdam street, authorities stated on Tuesday.
Three suspects were apprehended, consisting of the possible shooter, authorities stated. They decreased to offer any information.
“He was seriously wounded and is fighting for his life,” Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema stated in a telecasted press conference. “He is a national hero to us all. A rare, courageous journalist who tirelessly sought justice.”
Police cordoned off the location of the shooting near the downtown Leidseplein square. They are gathering video footage, witness declarations and forensic proof.
De Vries won a global Emmy Award in the present affairs classification in 2008 for his work examining the disappearance of teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the attack “shocking and incomprehensible. It was an attack on a courageous journalist and also an attack on the free press that is so critical to our democracy.”
“We are praying that he will survive,” he stated.
Dutch broadcaster RTL stated De Vries had actually simply left its studio in downtown Amsterdam when among 5 shots struck him in the head.
Amsterdam’s Parool paper released a picture of the scene with numerous individuals collected around an individual pushing the ground.
De Vries, 64, is a celeb in the Netherlands, as both a regular analyst on tv criminal activity programs and a skilled criminal activity press reporter with sources in both police and the underworld.
He is understood in the Netherlands for investigative deal with many cases, significantly following the 1983 kidnapping of beer mogulFreddy Heineken
De Vries had actually gotten risks from the criminal underworld in the past in connection with numerous cases.
In 2013 Willem Holleeder, the Heineken abductor, was founded guilty of making risks versusDe Vries Holleeder is presently serving a life sentence for his participation in 5 murders.
In 2019 Ridouan Taghi, presently on trial for murder and drug trafficking, took the uncommon action of making a public declaration rejecting reports that he had actually threatened to have De Vries eliminated.
De Vries has actually been serving as a therapist, however not legal representative, to a state witness determined as Nabil B. affirming in the event versus Taghi and his supposed partners.
Nabil B.’s previous legal representative was shot and eliminated on an Amsterdam street in September 2019