samedi 12 juillet 2014

Advocate general asks to reopen Van de Laar's case

Bart van de Laar

Dutch advocate general Diederik Alben asked earlier this week the Supreme Court of the Netherlands to reopen Bart van de Laar's case. 

Van de Laar was a successful record executive in the late 1970's and early 1980's. This openly gay and controversial man signed a lucrative deal with Luv' in October 1979 (see Chapter III of Luv's bio). On November 10th, 1981 he was shot dead in Hilversum. Gay prostitute Martien Hunnik was condemned for his murder and was released from prison in the early 1990's. He later told the press that he gave false testimony. A cold case team set up by the newspaper "De Telegraaf" investigated the homicide in 2010 and revealed contradictions. Geert-Jan Knoops, Hunnik's lawyer and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie) wanted the reopening of the case because of a possible miscarriage of justice. That's why this highly-covered death remains a mystery (see news posted on April 2nd, 2013). 

On July 8th, a TV report from NOS Journaal dealt with this incredible story and featured a short excerpt from Luv's Casanova. Click here to watch it. The Supreme Court will later take a decision about the rehearing of the case. To be continued...

Source: NOS, Telegraaf, NOS Journaal, RTL Nieuws....

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