Fear of a rocket launcher or automatic firearms attack on ‘s studio RTL Boulevard on Leidseplein in Amsterdam, according to sources within the investigative system, the reason that the live broadcast of Saturday evening was cancelled.
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Recently, the police are said to have intercepted messages from criminals discussing the option of an attack. There would be discontent within the underworld about media attention in which last Tuesday’s attack on crime reporter Peter R. de Vries is associated with his assistance to Nabil B., the key witness in the Marengo trial, who has stated incriminating about the crime. of drug trafficking and liquidations suspect Ridouan Taghi.
When asked, the Amsterdam police and the municipality of Amsterdam say they will not comment on the background of the “serious threat” with regard to RTL Boulevard which they reported to RTL on Saturday.
Peter R. de Vries was shot on Tuesday evening just after his performance in RTL Boulevard and is seriously injured in hospital. Since spring 2020, he has been the confidential counselor of the key witness in the Marengo trial. The Telegraph reported this weekend that one of the two arrested suspects for the attack on De Vries, Delano G., is a cousin of a childhood friend of Taghi. Also via The Telegraph It is clear that the judiciary has been taking into account a violent escape attempt by Taghi from the Extra Secure Institution in Vught, as a result of information collected by the Criminal Intelligence Team (TCI) of the police in the underworld.
A ‘drastic and violent decision’
Outgoing minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice, CDA) called the cancellation of RTL Boulevard Saturday a “drastic and intense decision”. Lawyer Peter Schouten of Nabil B. turned on Twitter against the “bomb threat mentality”, in which (television) editors must be evacuated immediately” and argued for a fallback option for “threatened programs”. An attack with a rocket launcher to intimidate media has already occurred in the Netherlands. In 2018, the property became the publisher of magazine Panorama shot at with an anti-tank weapon by members of motorcycle club Caloh Wagoh.
Also read this report from residents of the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat: ‘Then I saw that it was Peter R. de Vries’
At the time of the broadcast, Wednesday’s Boulevard episode was repeated on Saturday, with a tribute to De Vries. On Sunday afternoon, RTL also decided not to let the broadcast of that day go ahead. Due to extra security measures, broadcasting from Leidseplein in Amsterdam was possible, according to the broadcaster, but RTL had “decided” to give the Boulevard team “rest”.
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A version of this article also appeared in NRC in the morning of July 12, 2021