Dutch crime reporter Peter R. The trial began on Monday for the murder of two men charged with the murder of de Vries, who was gunned down in the center of Amsterdam in a brazen attack that sent shock waves through the Netherlands.
Dutch police say the suspected gunman is a 21-year-old Dutch man. A 35-year-old Polish man is accused of being a stampede driver. They were both arrested shortly after De Vries was shot on 6 July in an Amsterdam street after making one of his regular appearances on Dutch television shows. He died nine days later.
Monday’s preliminary hearing in the Amsterdam District Court will not evaluate the evidence in the case but is expected to hear a summary of the investigation so far and possible requests for further investigation from the suspects’ lawyers.
The shooting sparked a wave of mourning – thousands of people lined up outside the Amsterdam theater to pay their last respects after his death – and condemnation in the Netherlands.
Prime Minister Mark Root called the shooting “an attack on a courageous journalist and also an attack on independent journalism that is so vital to our democracy, our constitutional state, our society.”
De Vries was the Netherlands’ best-known crime journalist, who wrote a bestselling book about the kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken in 1983 and campaigned tirelessly to solve cold cases and clean up the names of wrongfully convicted people.
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