He is the leading crime reporter in the Netherlands, regularly appears as a spokesman for victims or witnesses at trials, and is a popular talk guest: Peter R. de Vries (64). He is currently the Crown Witness confidante in a major organized crime trial. In connection with the trial, the attorney for the key witness had already been shot in 2019.
After a cowardly attack, the star reporter is now fighting for his life!
Amsterdam – After the devious assassination attempt on Peter R. de Vries (64), the whole of Holland fears for the life of the star reporter. De Vries was seriously injured in the attack in Amsterdam and is fighting for his life in a hospital. There he is guarded by heavily armed police officers.
Pictures from the Dutch metropolis show officials patrolling the “VU Medical Center” with a submachine gun and bulletproof vest. Apparently the Dutch police rate the threat situation as high despite several arrests. According to media reports from reporters, the star reporter was shot several times. Rescue workers had to reanimate de Vries on site.
Nothing has yet been announced about the background to the crime. According to the police, two suspects were arrested on Autobahn 4 near the Leidschenda exit. They are a 35-year-old man of Polish nationality who resides in Maurik (Gelderland province, Netherlands) and a 21-year-old resident in Rotterdam. The two suspects will be brought before the examining magistrate on Friday.
House searches were carried out in Tiel, Maurik and Rotterdam that evening and that night. Various data carriers and ammunition were confiscated there.
“That was an attack on free journalism. It was an attack on the rule of law, ”said King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands to the waiting journalists in Berlin. Together with Queen Máxima, he has been on a state visit to Germany for days.
► At around 7.30 p.m., according to media reports, an unknown person shot the 64-year-old at Leidseplein in the center of Amsterdam after the journalist had left the RTL Boulevard TV studio. De Vries had recently taken part in a live broadcast in which he appears regularly. Witnesses recognized the victim, and videos of the crime scene were also broadcast on social media.
A video from a surveillance camera is circulating on the Internet, which is supposed to show Peter R. de Vries walking down a street after the broadcast. He’s wearing a light gray suit, apparently looking at his phone. A few seconds later, a man with a motorcycle helmet walks behind. Policemen in a car patrol the normal way, turn right. A few seconds later you can hear gunshots.
Another video shows a man, also in a light gray suit, lying lifeless on the floor. Blood is protruding from under his head. Allegedly it should be de Vries. A woman jerks him, tries to speak to him.
▶ ︎ In a press conference late in the evening, Mayor Femke Halsema (55) said: “At this moment we only know that Peter R. de Vries is fighting for his life. He’s a national hero. It was a cowardly and brutal crime. “
Prime Minister Mark Rutte (54): “That was an attack on free journalism. An attack on a courageous journalist. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. The most important thing now is that he survives. “
Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus (61) and Rutte reacted very emotionally to the attack. Grapperhaus spoke of a black day and an attack on freedom.
A little later, the Dutch royal family reacted to the attack via Facebook and Twitter.
“The news that the journalist Peter R. de Vries was gunned down shook us deeply. He and everyone close to him are in our thoughts, ”the post says.
And further: “Journalists should be able to carry out their important work unhindered and freely. We feel connected to everyone who campaigns for the free press in our constitutional state. “