An attorney who represented a crucial witness in a significant Dutch organized criminal offense trial was shot dead in Amsterdam early Wednesday, triggering outrage and requires a harder crackdown on violent underworld gangs.
Police said 44- year-old legal representative Derk Wiersum was fatally shot in a residential area on the edge of the Dutch capital by a man worn black who ran away on foot. Cops stated witnesses put the shooter’s age at between 16 and 20.
Wiersum represented a witness identified only as Nabil B. in a criminal case against suspected underworld bosses implicated of participation in a string of killings. The witness was included in among the slayings however cut an offer with prosecutors to supply proof in return for a lighter sentence.
The body of an attorney who represented a key witness in a significant Dutch arranged crime trial is brought into a hearse after he was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 18,2019
National Cops Chief Erik Akerboom stated in a statement following Wiersum’s slaying that “as a society we can decline this.”
” This and other kinds of severe violence show … that a broad and long-lasting approach is needed” to tackle the problem or organized criminal activity, he added.
Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema went to the scene of the shooting and called it “a shock for our society since the victim was doing his task and it’s an extremely essential task in our constitutional state.”
Wiersum was not the first individual connected to the trial of fugitive suspected criminal activity employers to be eliminated. The sibling of witness B. was killed in 2015.
Forensic experts with a dog look for evidence in the location where a lawyer who represented a crucial witness in a major Dutch organized criminal activity trial was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019..
The two primary suspects in the underworld hits are Ridouan Taghi and Saïd Razzouki, both fugitives on Dutch authorities’s most-wanted list. There is a 100,000- euro ($110,000) reward readily available for a pointer that results in their arrest, the greatest such reward ever offered by Dutch prosecutors.
Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said he has set up a group of cops and prosecutors led by the nation’s counterterrorism planner to intensify security around individuals working in the legal system.
” This is an attack on our constitutional state,” Grapperhaus informed press reporters in The Hague, including: “Organized criminal offense has crossed a line.”