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Journalist Who Got Gunned Down Was Prepping Star Witness in Blockbuster Murder Trial

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AMSTERDAM—The country’s most high-profile crime reporter had been coaching the star witness in one of the Netherland’s most explosive trials. Two associates were already dead before the crucial evidence could be heard in court, and Peter R. de Vries believed that he too was on the hit list.

On Tuesday night as de Vries left a TV station in the center of Amsterdam, he was felled in a hail of bullets. Reports suggested that at least one of them struck him in the head.

The alleged drug kingpin at the center of the sprawling trial is charged in connection with six murders and four attempted murders. Dutch prosecutors suspect that he is also behind the assassinations of the brother and lawyer of the snitch who is due to testify against him, although they admit they have insufficient evidence to press charges.

De Vries is the third associate of the witness—a former drug gang insider known in court as Nabil. B—to be targeted by a hit squad. Five shots were heard at around 7.30PM on Tuesday night. Dutch police said they had arrested two men, one of whom they suspect was the shooter. A Polish man, 35, and a Dutchman, 21, remain in custody and a third man has since been released.

The investigative reporter is said to be fighting for his life. “Yesterday our biggest nightmare has become a reality,” his son wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

Henny de Vos, a former editor of de Vries’ TV show, told The Daily Beast........

© The Daily Beast

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