“Peter has fought till the top, however has been unable to win this battle,” the assertion, carried by the Dutch broadcast information service RTL Information, stated. “We’re indescribably happy with him and on the similar time inconsolable.”
De Vries, a well known public determine within the Netherlands, was shot on the night of July 6, an assault that drew widespread condemnation in a rustic the place drug-related crime and shootings have steadily elevated over the previous decade. European leaders have condemned the taking pictures, which additionally raised questions on security for journalists.
The police arrested two males final week in reference to the assault after stopping them in a automobile on a close-by freeway. The police recognized the suspects as a 35-year-old Polish citizen and a 21-year-old from Rotterdam. The police have stated they consider the youthful man was the gunman.
Each suspects appeared in courtroom in Amsterdam on Friday and stay in custody.
Ferd Grapperhaus, the Dutch justice minister, known as de Vries a “courageous man” and stated his dying was “nothing lower than a direct assault on our society.”
De Vries, who had hosted a televised crime present for almost 20 years and has lengthy been identified within the Netherlands for fixing chilly circumstances, had stated he frequently obtained dying threats.
The tv present on which de Vries appeared earlier than he was shot final week didn’t air July 9, after threats from criminals who stated they needed to focus on the studio utilizing automated weapons or a rocket launcher, in response to Dutch information media. The present has resumed its day by day episodes, however shall be recorded elsewhere, the community reported.
De Vries started his journalism profession in 1978 at De Telegraaf, a well-liked Dutch newspaper. A decade later, he printed a guide on the kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken. He coated many high-profile circumstances, together with the 2005 disappearance of an Alabama teenager, Natalee Holloway, in Aruba, a Caribbean island that’s a part of the Netherlands; and a decade lengthy investigation into the rape and homicide of an 11-year-old boy, Nicky Verstappen.
His tv present, “Peter R de Vries, Crime Reporter,” which started in 1995 and aired for 17 years, was his actual breakthrough.
Most just lately, de Vries had arrange a basis within the hopes of fixing the 1993 disappearance of Tanja Groen, a younger lady who vanished on her means house from a celebration. On Tuesday, Dutch public tv aired a particular program the place viewers donated lots of of 1000’s of euros to the trigger.
De Vries, who was additionally the director of a legislation workplace, had been an adviser over the previous 12 months to a key witness in a trial over killings stated to have been ordered by a felony group. The principle defendant within the case, Ridouan Taghi, who’s accused of main the group, was arrested in Dubai in 2019.
Derk Wiersum, a lawyer for a similar key witness in that trial, was killed in Amsterdam in 2019. The witness’s brother was shot useless in 2018.
Amsterdam and different Dutch cities have been the scene of a number of shootings over the previous decade by which criminals have focused both one another or these interfering of their crimes. The close by port of Rotterdam is among the key gateways for importing cocaine into Europe, and the nation is a frontrunner within the unlawful manufacturing of amphetamines and crystal meth.