By Mike Corder, Associated Press
THE HAGUE, The Netherlands (AP) – Two suspects have been arrested abroad in connection with the murder of Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries a year ago, Netherlands prosecutors announced on Tuesday, a day after the suspect became the “director” of the tragic murder.
The National Prosecutor’s Office said a 27-year-old man was arrested in the former Dutch Caribbean colony of Curacao on Monday and a 26-year-old man was detained in Spain the same day. Both are Dutch nationals who will be taken to the Netherlands to face trial.
The two were arrested on July 6 last year on a busy street in Amsterdam as part of an investigation into the man or persons who ordered the shooting of De Vries at close range. The campaigning journalist died nine days later at the age of 64.
Prosecutors did not provide details about the identities of the new suspects or their alleged role in the killings.
On Monday, prosecutors announced they had arrested a 27-year-old Polish man suspected of organizing the hit.
The other two suspects – the alleged gunman and the fleeing driver – are facing trial on a murder charge in Amsterdam. Judges are due to rule on July 14. Prosecutors have demanded life sentences for both.
De Vries made his name as a crime journalist. Later in his career, he campaigned tirelessly to resolve cold cases. Prior to his shooting, de Vries was a witness adviser and confidante in the trial of the accused leader and other members of the criminal ring whom police described as an “oiled murder device.” The witness’s brother and his lawyer were both killed.
Prosecutors last month asked judges to convict the suspected gangland leader, Riduan Tagi, of multiple murders and sentence him to life in prison. His trial is expected to begin next year. Tagir was not charged with the murder of de Vries.
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