Netherlands arrests Polish suspect in murder of journalist De Vries

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors on Monday arrested a 27-year-old Pole suspected of masterminding the murder of notorious crime journalist Peter R. de Vries, almost exactly a year after he was shot dead in an Amsterdam street in an attack that shocked the Netherlands.

The man, whose identity has not been revealed, is suspected of “directing those who carried out the murder of De Vries”, prosecutors said in a statement. They gave no further details. However, they said their investigation into who ordered the hit and why was continuing.

Prosecutors have sought life sentences for two men accused of murdering De Vries, a 21-year-old Dutchman identified only as Delano G. and a Polish national, Kamil E. Judges are due to deliver their verdict at their trial the 14th of July.

De Vries was shot at close range on a street in downtown Amsterdam on July 6 last year. The campaigning journalist and TV personality died nine days later from his injuries at the age of 64, sparking a massive outpouring of grief that saw thousands line up to pay their last respects in a theater in Amsterdam.

Prosecutors say the two suspects were arrested less than an hour after the shootout in a getaway car on a highway near The Hague with the gun used to shoot De Vries in the car. There was also a cell phone in the car that prosecutors said contained messages alluding to the murder.

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