Peter R de Vries was shot on the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat tonight. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The police have launched a large-scale investigation.
According to Dutch media, citing sources, the journalist was shot five times when he left the RTL studio, where he was invited to participate in another propaganda TV show.
Three suspects are now in custody after famed crime journalist Peter R de Vries was shot in the head at close range on a street in Amsterdam on Tuesday, police have confirmed.
De Vries, who has provided his expertise on criminal cases, has been under police protection for quite some time, as he earned himself a lot of enemies in the controversial Dutch underworld.
After he was shot in broad daylight on a street in Amsterdam’s downtown, famous Dutch investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries, acclaimed for his efforts in exposing the criminal underground, is currently struggling for his life.
The 64-year-old reporter had just left a TV studio in the Dutch capital city when one of the five shots fired at him at close range wounded him in the head.
For his work researching the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, de Vries received an international Emmy Award in the current affairs category in 2008.
The long-running investigation that brought de Vries international recognition was about the mysterious disappearance of 18-year-old American Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba.
Holloway’s disappearance on May 30, 2005, near the end of a high school graduation trip to Aruba, garnered international headlines. Her remains were never found. Some sources declared that she works as a prostitute in Colombia.
One of the last people with whom Holloway was seen alive on that fateful night was the then 17-year-old island resident, Joran van der Sloot, whose involvement in the disappearance of the girl was then probed by the police, but did not turn up any incriminating evidence.
Due to lack of which, Van der Sloot was released and not charged, prompting sharp criticism of law enforcement from the parents of Holloway and de Vries, who began his independent investigation of the incident.
High Court Judge van der Sloot was killed during his investigation, while his son perpetrated as the killer of Holloway serves time in the worst prison of Peru. De Vries has been working for a number of outlets over the years and has been a freelance crime reporter since 1991.
But back in 1983, at the time working as a reporter for the Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, de Vries took an active part as go between in the investigation of the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken.
Heineken was CEO of the brewing business Heineken International and one of the wealthiest individuals in the Netherlands, driven around by Ab Doderer in November that year.
On November 30, they were released for a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders or about $11 million, the biggest ransom paid to kidnappers at the time. Some of the kidnappers later became prominent figures in the Dutch criminal underworld.
In 2006, the reporter looked into the mysterious assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, which took place on November 22, 1963.
De Vries along with Dutch businessman and Kennedy expert Wim Dankbaar produced a two-and-a-half-hour show about the killing. De Vries spent two weeks in Texas meeting with former CIA and FBI officers, as well as Lee Harvey Oswald’s ex-girlfriend.
But the most curious and talked about part of the documentary was the interview with James Files, a convicted felon, who claimed to be the assassin who killed the president on that dark day.
In the past, de Vries has received threats from the criminal underworld in connection with a number of cases. One of the notable instances is the case against purported drug lord Ridouan Taghi.
De Vries claimed he was counseling a certain Nabil B, a state witness appearing in the case against Taghi. The Moroccan-Dutch suspect and his accomplices are currently facing murder and drug trafficking charges in the Netherlands.
Taghi had been on the EU police agency Europol’s most-wanted fugitives list until his capture in Dubai in late 2019.
Taghi himself reportedly made an extraordinary public statement in 2019 rejecting accusations that he had threatened to kill de Vries.
After Nabil B’s previous lawyer, Derk Wiersum, was murdered in front of his Amsterdam house in September 2019, according to the local media, the case caused a stir in the Netherlands.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Crime Rings News 2021.