July 28, 2021

Dutch journalist shot dead in Amsterdam

Seriously wounded by bullets on July 6 in Amsterdam, the Dutch journalist specializing in criminal cases Peter R. De Vries died, according to a statement from his family published Thursday, July 15 by the Dutch media RTL.

“Peter fought to the end, but couldn’t win the battle. He is dead, surrounded by those who love him ”relatives of the 64-year-old journalist said. ” Peter lived according to his conviction: “On your knees, it is not possible to be free”. We are immensely proud of him and at the same time inconsolable ”, they added.

“The death of Peter R. de Vries touches me deeply. It’s almost inconceivable ”, reacted on Twitter the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.

Peter R. de Vries had been in hospital since the life-death attack, where he was evacuated after being shot, including one in the head, on a street in downtown Amsterdam , while it was still daylight. He had just left a television studio after a talk show he appeared in as a guest. Witnesses heard five gunshots, state television NOS reported. The attack drew numerous reactions from journalists and politicians, including beyond the borders of the Netherlands.

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Two suspects briefly appeared in Dutch courts on Friday. The investigating judge extended the pre-trial detention of the two men by two weeks, identified by national media as Kamil E., a 35-year-old Polish national residing in Maurik (center), and Delano G., an elderly Rotterdam resident. 21 years old.

“Proud and inconsolable”

The journalist and television presenter was a personality known in the Netherlands for his role in several criminal cases. He has appeared regularly as a spokesperson for victims or in the close circle of key witnesses.

After the attack, Peter R. De Vries was hailed as a “National hero”, he who was a fervent advocate for justice who first rose to prominence for his reporting on the kidnapping of beer baron Freddy Heineken in the 1980s.

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“It’s an indescribable loss. Our thoughts are first and foremost with Peter’s family, his partner and all his relatives ”, said in a joint statement RTL Pays-Bas, the production company Fremantle Nederland and the collaborators of RTL Boulevard, a program in which Mr. De Vries appeared regularly as a guest, as was the case on the day of the ‘attack. “Peter’s influence remains stronger than any act of hate”, they continued.

The World with AFP