BThe attempted assassination of the famous Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries shocked the country. After the arrest of the three suspects, the police hope to find out the matter as soon as possible.Prime Minister Mark Rutte Talked about “attacks on free press” on Wednesday night.
The reaction of the royal couple from Berlin was “deeply shocked.” “Journalists must be able to perform their important work freely and without threats,” wrote King William-Alexander and his wife Maxima FacebookThe couple are currently on a state visit to Germany.
The reporter leaves the TV studio Was shot down and seriously injured in the streetThe police said he was shot in the head and was taken to the hospital. “Peter R. de Vries is fighting for his life,” Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema said with deep frustration.
According to the police, three suspects have been arrested, including the gunman suspect. But there is no information about the criminal background. A special committee was formed. This reporter is currently the confidant of a key witness in a large organized crime trial. He is also known internationally for his reports of spectacular crimes.
TV station reported in special program
This attack Shocking the whole country, the TV station reported the crime in a special program. Prime Minister Rutte and Attorney General Feld Grapphaus met with anti-terrorism agencies. The reaction of politicians and journalists from multiple political parties was horrified.
The behavior occurred around 7.30 in the evening. According to witnesses, a stranger fired several shots at the reporter. He has just left a TV studio in Leidseplein in the centre of Amsterdam. Witnesses recognized the victim. Photos and videos on social media showed that De Vries was seriously injured on the ground.
De Vries is a leading crime journalist in the Netherlands, often appearing as a spokesperson for victims or witnesses in trials. He is also a frequent guest on TV talk shows. Currently, he is a confidant of key witnesses in a large-scale trial. In 2019, the key witness and his brother’s lawyer have been shot dead. This reporter became famous in 1987 for his bestseller about the kidnapping of brewer Freddy Heineken. In 2008, he won an Emmy Award for reporting the case of Natalee Holloway. The American disappeared on Aruba in 2005 and is believed to have been killed by a Dutchman.