THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Two males have been convicted Monday and sentenced to 30 years in jail for the homicide of a Dutch lawyer who represented a witness in a high-profile felony case in opposition to suspected gangland bosses, a slaying that shocked the nation and sparked requires a more durable crackdown on organized crime.



FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 file photo, the body of a lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial is carried into a hearse after he was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Two men were convicted Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, and sentenced to 30 years for the murder of a Dutch lawyer who represented a witness in a high-profile criminal case against suspected gangland bosses, a slaying that shocked the nation and sparked calls for a tougher crackdown on organized crime. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, file)


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FILE – On this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 file picture, the physique of a lawyer who represented a key witness in a significant Dutch organized crime trial is carried right into a hearse after he was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Two males have been convicted Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, and sentenced to 30 years for the homicide of a Dutch lawyer who represented a witness in a high-profile felony case in opposition to suspected gangland bosses, a slaying that shocked the nation and sparked requires a more durable crackdown on organized crime. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong, file)

The lawyer, 44-year-old Derk Wiersum, was gunned down on Sept. 18, 2019, outdoors his house in Amsterdam by a person who then fled in a getaway automobile that was ready close by. Police discovered DNA traces of each defendants within the getaway automobile and different autos used within the days earlier than the taking pictures to watch Wiersum’s actions.

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“With their brutal act, the lads have proven an entire lack of respect for the lifetime of one other,” Amsterdam District Courtroom stated in a abstract of the written verdicts. “Solely for cash, they took Wiersum’s life and inflicted immense and irreparable struggling on his spouse, kids, dad and mom and different family members.”

Prosecutors stated that cell phone information additionally confirmed that each males have been within the space on the time of the killing and “their involvement is proven in tapped conversations after the homicide.” Attorneys for each males, who’ve been recognized by Dutch media solely as Giërmo B. and Moreno B. according to privateness rules, had referred to as for his or her acquittal.

The court docket stated that whereas it was unclear who fired the deadly photographs and who drove the getaway automobile, each males could possibly be convicted of homicide as a result of “the actions of each suspects present that they have been collectively out to kill Wiersum.”

The lawyer represented a witness recognized solely as Nabil B. in a high-profile felony case in opposition to suspected gangland bosses accused of involvement in a string of underworld killings. The primary suspects, together with alleged Dutch gangland boss Ridouan Taghi, are at present on trial in a long-running case on prices together with involvement in six murders and 4 tried murders. Nabil B. was concerned in one of many slayings however reduce a cope with prosecutors to offer proof in return for a lighter sentence.



FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 file photo, forensic experts search for evidence in the area where a lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Two men were convicted Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 and sentenced to 30 years for the murder of a Dutch lawyer who represented a witness in a high-profile criminal case against suspected gangland bosses, a slaying that shocked the nation and sparked calls for a tougher crackdown on organized crime. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, file)


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FILE – On this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 file picture, forensic specialists seek for proof within the space the place a lawyer who represented a key witness in a significant Dutch organized crime trial was gunned down in Amsterdam, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Two males have been convicted Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 and sentenced to 30 years for the homicide of a Dutch lawyer who represented a witness in a high-profile felony case in opposition to suspected gangland bosses, a slaying that shocked the nation and sparked requires a more durable crackdown on organized crime. (AP Photograph/Peter Dejong, file)

Whereas the Amsterdam court docket convicted each males as employed hit males within the Wiersum killing, it did not make a ruling on who contracted them to hold out the homicide.

Nicely-known Dutch crime reporter, Peter R. de Vries, who was shot in Amsterdam on July 6 and died 9 days later, additionally acted as a confidante to the identical witness. The primary preliminary listening to within the trial of two males accused of involvement in De Vries’ slaying is scheduled for subsequent Monday.

The homicide sparked outrage within the Netherlands with Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhaus calling it an assault on Dutch society and saying: “Organized crime has crossed a line.”

In latest funds proposals for the approaching 12 months, the caretaker Dutch authorities pledged to spend extra on tackling organized crime that’s rooted within the nation’s profitable underworld medication business.

Judges stated the homicide “triggered nice indignation, unrest and emotions of insecurity in society, as a result of a servant of the rule of regulation has been killed” and stated they thought-about it an aggravating issue when contemplating their sentence.

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