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    Trial resumes of suspects in slaying of Dutch crime reporter

    AMSTERDAM (AP) – A Dutch court examined evidence yesterday and prosecutors were expected to make sentencing demands in the trial of two suspects in the fatal shooting of crime reporter Peter R de Vries, who was brazenly gunned down almost a year ago, triggering a national outpouring of grief and government pledges to crack down on Amsterdam’s increasingly violent drugs underworld.

    Prosecutors suspect a 21-year-old Dutchman identified only as Delano G of shooting De Vries at close range in a downtown Amsterdam street on July 6 last year.

    The campaigning reporter and television personality died nine days later of his injuries. If convicted, the suspect faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

    Prosecutors said the two suspects were arrested less than an hour after the shooting in a getaway car on a highway near The Hague with the weapon used to shoot De Vries.

    G has refused to answer questions about his alleged involvement in the shooting. The alleged getaway driver, a Polish man, Kamil E, yesterday denied involvement.

    Prosecutors have not publicly identified a suspect they believe gave the order to kill De Vries, who was 64 when he was killed.

    De Vries’ son and daughter are expected to make statements to the Amsterdam District Court. Lawyers for the suspects are scheduled to speak at a separate hearing next week.

    Judges are scheduled to deliver verdicts on July 14.

    De Vries made his name as a crime journalist who reported on and wrote a bestselling book about the 1983 kidnapping of magnate Freddy Heineken.

    Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries in Amsterdam, Netherlands. PHOTO: AP
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