Celebrity Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, identified for his work in exposing the felony underworld, was fighting for his life after being shot on an Amsterdam avenue, officers mentioned on Tuesday. Three suspects have been detained, together with the doable shooter, police mentioned. They declined to offer any particulars.
“He was seriously wounded and is fighting for his life,” Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema mentioned in a televised information convention. “He is a national hero to us all. A rare, courageous journalist who tirelessly sought justice.”
Police cordoned off the realm of the shooting close to the downtown Leidseplein sq.. They have been amassing video footage, witness statements and forensic proof.De Vries gained a global Emmy Award within the present affairs class in 2008 for his work investigating the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte referred to as the assault “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 mentioned.Dutch broadcaster RTL mentioned De Vries had simply left its studio in downtown Amsterdam when one in every of 5 photographs hit him within the head.
Amsterdam’s Parool newspaper printed a picture of the scene with a number of folks gathered round an individual mendacity on the bottom.
De Vries, 64, is a star within the Netherlands, as each a frequent commentator on tv crime packages and an skilled crime reporter with sources in each legislation enforcement and the underworld.
De Vries is thought within the Netherlands for investigative work on numerous instances, notably following the 1983 kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken.
De Vries had acquired threats from the felony underworld prior to now in reference to a number of instances. In 2013 Willem Holleeder, the Heineken kidnapper, was convicted of creating threats in opposition to De Vries. Holleeder is presently serving a life sentence for his involvement in 5 murders.
In 2019 Ridouan Taghi, presently on trial for homicide and drug trafficking, took the bizarre step of creating a public assertion denying studies that he had threatened to have De Vries killed.
De Vries has been performing as a counselor, however not lawyer, to a state witness recognized as Nabil B. testifying within the case in opposition to Taghi and his alleged associates.
Nabil B.’s earlier lawyer was shot and killed on an Amsterdam avenue in September 2019.