Movie star crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, identified for his work in exposing the Dutch underworld, was shot and severely wounded on a road in Amsterdam, police stated on Tuesday.
“Peter R. de Vries was shot down in Lange Leidsedwarsstraat,” police stated in an announcement, referring to a road close to one of many metropolis’s largest public squares, the place he had been in a tv studio earlier within the night.
He was taken to a close-by hospital in “severe situation”, the police stated, calling for eyewitnesses to come back ahead.
Police had cordoned off the world as crowds gathered close to the positioning the place the incident passed off.
De Vries gained a world Emmy Award within the present affairs class in 2008 for his work investigating the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005.
An alleged shooter was arrested shortly afterward, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported, citing nameless sources. Police stated they may neither affirm nor deny that report however they anticipated to replace the general public later Tuesday night.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte was anticipated to make an announcement after assembly with main regulation enforcement officers within the wake of the capturing, information company ANP reported.
Dutch broadcaster RTL stated De Vries had simply left its studio in downtown Amsterdam and that one of many photographs hit him within the head.
Amsterdam’s Parool newspaper revealed 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 regulation 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 has been subjected to threats from the prison underworld prior to now in reference to a number of instances.
In 2013 Willem Holleeder, the Heineken kidnapper, was convicted of creating threats towards De Vries. Holleeder is at the moment serving a life sentence for his involvement in 5 murders.
In 2019 Ridouan Taghi, at the moment 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 appearing as a counselor, however not lawyer, to a state witness recognized as Nabil B. testifying within the case towards Taghi and his alleged associates.
Nabil B.’s earlier lawyer was shot and killed on an Amsterdam road in September 2019.