The Malta Independent 8 August 2020, Saturday

Murder of lawyer representing witness in key Dutch case worries politicians and lawmaker

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 12:33 Last update: about 12 months ago

A man who was shot and killed in Buitenveldert in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning has been identified as Derk Wiersum, a lawyer that represented a key witness who had linked wanted fugitive Ridouan Taghi to multiple assassinations, the NL Times reports.

Dutch Prime Minister  Mark Rutte, MPs and lawyers have expressed shock at the murder, calling it an assault on the rule of law, the news report reads.

The police are still looking for the man responsible, described as a man between 16 and 20 years old.


Wiersum is not the first person connected to the witness to be assassinated. The witness' brother was killed a week after the public prosecutor had announced that it made a suspect turn key witness, NL Times states.

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