"Well-oiled killing machine": Court convicts two contract killers

Investigative reporter de Vries was shot dead for revelations about the machinations of the Dutch mafia. In another trial, an Amsterdam court convicts two men – the case is related to the journalist. De Vries was an acquaintance of the victim.

Two men in the Netherlands have each been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of a key witness’s lawyer in a large drug trial. The two defendants were found guilty of contract killing of defense attorney Derk Wiersum. The 33-year-old contract killer Moreno B. and his 37-year-old accomplice Giermo B. had committed the “brutal act” only because of the money and inflicted “immeasurable suffering” on the victim’s wife, children and parents, the court in Amsterdam said.

The act could be related to the murder of investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries. Wiersum was killed in front of his home in Amsterdam in September 2019. The 44-year-old represented the key witness Nabil B. in a trial against the alleged drug lord Ridouan Taghi. He is currently on trial with 16 other defendants for a series of murders.

In July of this year, the Netherlands was rocked by the murder of investive journalist de Vries. The reporter was considered a confidante and advisor to the key witness Nabil B. in the proceedings against Taghi. Taghi’s organization is described by prosecutors as a “well-oiled killing machine”. De Vries said he was on Taghi’s “hit list”. Two suspects were arrested immediately after the journalist was murdered. They are due to be tried this month.