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Retrial of suspects in the murder of a Dutch crime reporter

AMSTERDAM – A Dutch court on Tuesday will review evidence and prosecutors are expected to make conviction demands in the trial of two suspects in the fatal shooting of crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, who was brazenly gunned down almost a year ago, sparking a nationwide outpouring Sadness and the government’s promise to crack down on Amsterdam’s increasingly violent drug underworld.

Prosecutors suspect a 21-year-old Dutch man, identified only as Delano G., of having shot De Vries at close range on a street in downtown Amsterdam on July 6 last year. The campaign reporter and television personality died of his injuries nine days later. If convicted, the accused faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Prosecutors say the two suspects were arrested less than an hour after the shooting in a getaway car on a motorway near The Hague with the gun that shot De Vries in the car.

G. has declined to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the shooting. The alleged getaway driver, a Pole, Kamil E., denied involvement in the shooting on Tuesday.

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Prosecutors have not publicly identified a suspect who they believe gave orders to kill De Vries, who was 64 when he was killed.

De Vries’ son and daughter are expected to testify about the impact of the victims later on Tuesday at the Amsterdam District Court. The suspects’ lawyers are scheduled to speak at a separate hearing next week, and the judges are due to render judgments on July 14.

De Vries made a name for himself as a crime journalist, covering the 1983 kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken and writing a bestseller. Later in his career he worked tirelessly to solve cold cases. Before he was shot, De Vries was an adviser and confidante of a witness in the trial of the alleged leader and other members of a criminal gang that police described as a “oiled killing machine”.

The alleged leader of the gangsters, Ridouan Taghi, was extradited to the Netherlands from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2019 and is currently on trial.

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Associated Press writer Mike Corder in The Hague, The Netherlands contributed.

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