Peter de Vries remains in mortal danger after being shot several times. A video shortly before the crime shows the last moments before the attack.
Amsterdam – The well-known Dutch crime reporter Peter de Vries was gunned down on the street in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening (June 6th). The 64-year-old was taken to hospital seriously injured and is currently fighting for his life.
Assassination attempt on Peter de Vries: Video shows the last moments before the shots
The attack occurred around 7:30 p.m. when de Vries was leaving a television studio in downtown Amsterdam. He had previously appeared on a talk show. A video shows the last moments before the act.
A surveillance camera shows pictures shortly before 7.30 p.m. On it you can see de Vries strolling unsuspectingly through the alleys of the Dutch capital. He looks at his cell phone. Shortly after de Vries is out of sight of the camera, a police car drives past, but turns into a side street at the next point. Five shots can then be heard.
Peter de Vries: Connection with the drug trial?
A resident reported to the daily newspaper Het Paroolthat she had taken to the street when she heard the gunshots. There she saw de Vries lying on the floor with his face covered in blood. The journalist could no longer speak, but was still alive. She held his hand until the rescue workers arrived.
The journalist and TV presenter de Vries is known for his role in high-profile criminal cases and as a spokesman for crime victims. Most recently he was the confidante of the key witness Nabil B. in a trial against a suspected drug lord. The process, which opened in March, has been accompanied by strict security precautions since the key witness’s attorney, Derk Wiersum, was shot dead in the street in 2019. The brother of the key witness was also shot.
Prominent Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries – known in the Netherlands for his courageous crime reporting – was fighting for his life after being gunned down in broad daylight in a busy Amsterdam street. pic.twitter.com/2xgQ5xz56K
– DW News (@dwnews) July 8, 2021
“The drug lord said anyone who interferes in his case will be shot”
Little is known about the motif at the moment. It still has to be clarified whether the attack is related to the process. The former lawyer of Nabil B. is convinced that the process is related to the shots. The alleged drug lord said “that anyone who interferes in his case will be shot”.
The investigation is now in full swing. Two men were arrested just hours after the crime. One of them, a 35-year-old Pole from the south-east of the Netherlands, is said to have been arrested for a short time only last week because of threats, reports several media outlets. Both will be brought before the judge on Friday. (as / afp)
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