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Peter R De Vries: More suspects arrested over murder of Dutch crime reporter

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By Euronews  with AP, AFP
Tributes are placed at the spot where journalist Peter R. de Vries was shot in Amsterdam.
Tributes are placed at the spot where journalist Peter R. de Vries was shot in Amsterdam.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File

Dutch prosecutors have arrested more suspects in connection with the murder of well-known crime reporter Peter R de Vries.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on July 26 in the southern city of Helmond. Prosecutors have accused him of taking part in a criminal organisation that was paid to carry out violent attacks.

He is the sixth person to be arrested on suspicion of direct or indirect involvement in the killing of De Vries.

On July 4, a 27-year-old Polish man had been detained on suspicion of organising the killing and "directing those who carried out the murder". According to local media, the suspect was already in custody on suspicion of another murder in October.

Meanwhile, two more Dutch suspects were detained overseas -- a 27-year-old man in the former Caribbean colony of Curaçao and a 26-year-old man in Spain. Both men were expected to be extradited and flown to the Netherlands.

De Vries was fatally shot in July 2021 in broad daylight in central Amsterdam after leaving a television studio.

The 64-year-old died of his injuries nine days later, prompting a nationwide outpouring of grief and anger.

Two men are currently on trial for the murder -- a 21-year-old Dutch national identified only as Delano G. and a 36-year-old Polish national, Kamil E.

Both men are facing a life sentence if convicted. The investigation into de Vries' death is ongoing.