Justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus says on Thursday that several lawyers have "mixed feelings of fear" after the liquidation of criminal lawyer Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam. The attorney of crown witness Nabil B. was shot on Wednesday near his home by an as yet unknown perpetrator.
"That's very bad," said Grapperhaus, referring to the fears of colleagues at Wiersum. "Uncompromisingly, the border has been broken, a professional group that stands up for every suspect has now been attacked in a cowardly way."
The minister entered into discussions with the Council for the Judiciary and the dean of the Dutch Bar Association to discuss security on Thursday morning.
Grapperhaus cannot comment specifically on this, because measures will then no longer have any effect. He does say that now that the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) is in charge, action can be taken "at the right point" if a threat is felt.
Wednesday saw the death of Wiersum in many courtrooms, who was also a substitute judge at the Zeeland-West-Brabant court. On Thursday, the flags will be at courts, tribunals, the Supreme Court and law firms at half-mast.
1Who was the liquidated lawyer Derk Wiersum?
Wiersum assisted crown witness Nabil B.
The 44-year-old lawyer was liquidated near his house in Amsterdam's Buitenveldert district on Wednesday at around 7.30 a.m. The perpetrator, a young man between the ages of sixteen and twenty, has fled on foot.
Wiersum assisted crown witness Nabil B. The brother of the man who has made several statements against the fugitive Ridouan Taghi and the criminal group around him, has previously been shot dead in his office in Amsterdam.
With the death of Wiersum, a second liquidation has thus been committed in the extensive trial against Taghi. It is not known whether there was a specific threat to the lawyer, who was the father of two young children.
100Which liquidation cases is Ridouan Taghi linked to?
Probation looks extra at safety employees
Probation service In response to the death of Wiersum, the Netherlands announced that "it will be paying extra attention in the coming period to the safety of employees when performing the probation service".
"A new limit has been crossed and this hardening has reached the core of our work: monitoring and working with suspects and convicts to prevent a recurrence."
See also: Responses: 'Derk Wiersum was a smart, friendly and knowledgeable lawyer'