IThe journalist Peter R. de Vries was gunned down on Tuesday evening in Amsterdam. The Dutch police announced. He was seriously injured and taken to a hospital. There is a television studio very close to the crime scene, where de Vries previously appeared on a live broadcast. At 7.30 p.m., a stranger shot him on the street, apparently at close range. The Algemeen Dagblad reported five shots, citing an eyewitness. According to the police, three suspects were arrested, presumably including the perpetrator. The journalist was critically injured, said Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema. “Peter R. de Vries is fighting for his life.”
The 64-year-old de Vries is the most famous crime journalist in the Netherlands. He reported on many spectacular cases and had his own TV show until 2012. Most recently, de Vries was also active as a media advisor in the defense team of key witness Nabil B. in the so-called Marengo process.
16 defendants have been on trial since March, including Ridouan Taghi, who was considered one of the most powerful drug traffickers in the country until his arrest in Dubai in 2019. Taghi is charged with six murders – there are still several other cases under investigation. In 2018 the brother of the key witness was murdered. And then in 2019 his lawyer Derk Wiersum. The two defense attorneys, who now represent the key witness in the Marengo trial, are under police protection around the clock because there have been indications that their lives could also be in danger. De Vries was at least temporarily guarded, but no longer according to media reports.
The police initially did not say anything about the possible background to the attack on Tuesday evening. The Algemeen Dagblad quoted a spokesman as saying that one was first of all busy with the manhunt, forensics and emergency aid. “The motives and backgrounds will only come into play much later.” The Dutch Prime Minister and Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus wanted to meet with the National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism and Security that evening and talk about the crime.