Dutch criminal reporter shooting “nightmare comes true”: son

Amsterdam โ€” The shooting of journalist Peter R. De Vries “will make a nightmare come true” for his family, his son said Wednesday when he was flooded with support for the top Dutch criminal reporters who were seriously injured in the attack. It was.

64-year-old DeVries was shot on the streets of Amsterdam on Tuesday night. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema said he was taken to a hospital where he was fighting for his life.

His son, Royce de Vries, said on Twitter: Our family surrounds Peter with love and hope during these difficult times. “

He said he was grateful for the flood of public support and that much was uncertain.

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Police officers in Amsterdam on July 6, 2021 in an area where Dutch celebrity criminal reporter Peter R. Defries, known for reporting on some of the most famous Dutch criminals, was shot dead and seriously injured. We are investigating. Eva Plevier / Reuters)

Police said Wednesday that two men arrested on the highway shortly after the shooting, one of whom was a Polish citizen, remained in custody and a third was released.

Gun violence is rare in the Netherlands, but the killings associated with drug trafficking are fixed as people in the underworld vie for territory. In 2019, a famous drug case lawyer, for whom De Vries was an advisor to Star Witnesses, was shot in front of his home in Amsterdam.

Heineken abduction

Just outside the television studio in downtown Amsterdam, where De Vries was interviewing about a recent incident, a hopeful put flowers and lit candles at the scene of the attack.

De Vries began as a criminal reporter in the newspaper and became known in his 1987 book, The Heineken Kidnapping, for rebuilding the kidnapping of beer mogul Freddy Heineken.

The kidnapper Willem Holleader was convicted in 2014 for threatening De Fries, who helped police resolve the case in which he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

De Vries was also awarded the International Emmy Award for investigating the disappearance of a US teenage Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005.

He had his own television show for 17 years. There, he frequently collaborated with the victims’ families to energetically pursue unsolved cases.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accused him of shooting as an attack on democracy that had a profound impact on him.

“This is an attack on journalism, which is the basis of our rule of law,” King Willem Alexander told reporters during his official visit to Berlin. “And in itself it is an attack on our constitutional order.”

The Dutch royal family generally did not comment on individual cases, so the king’s remarks were a sign of Vries’ position.

The attack also caused anger throughout Europe.

European Council Chair Charles Michel called it “a crime against journalism and an attack on the values โ€‹โ€‹of democracy,” and European Parliament Chair David Sassori said “an attack on journalists is an attack on all of us.” Stated.

Natalee Holloway’s mother, Beth, who worked closely with De Fries in investigating her daughter’s disappearance, told Dutch broadcaster SBS that she was “beaten” by the news of the attack.

“I’m desperately trying to contact his family,” she said. “I was shocked.”

By Bart H. Meijer, Toby Sterling, and Anthony Deutsch

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