Third Pole arrested in Dutch crime reporter's murder

Specialising in coverage of crime scenes in the Netherlands, de Vries was known for his uncompromising journalism, which made him hated by the Dutch underworld. He was also known for aiding the families of murdered and abducted children. Ramon van Flymen/PAP/EPA

A 30-year-old Pole has been arrested in Poland on suspicion of involvement in last July's assassination of a popular Dutch investigative journalist Peter de Vries, Dutch prosecutors said on Monday.

The man, whose identity was not disclosed, has been charged with aiding the killing of De Vries and is the third Polish suspect in the case.

According to Dutch prosecutors, he was living in Rotterdam at the time of the murder. The Dutch authorities have requested his extradition to the Netherlands.

De Vries was shot in July 2021 in Amsterdam shortly after leaving the RTL4 TV station. He died several days later in hospital.

Two men, including another Pole, are currently on trial in the Netherlands in connection with the killing. The two suspects, 35-year-old Kamil E., a Pole living in the Netherlands, and 21-year-old Delano G. from Rotterdam, were arrested shortly after the attack. Dutch police said at the time that the suspected shooter is the Dutchman, and the Polish man is accused of driving the getaway car. Both are charged with murder.

In early July, a 27-year-old Pole, Krystian M., was arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of masterminding the assassination of De Vries. He is also suspected of involvement in three other crimes, including the attempted murder of another Dutch national in October last year.

Specialising in coverage of crime scenes in the Netherlands, de Vries was known for his uncompromising journalism, which made him hated by the Dutch underworld. He was also known for aiding the families of murdered and abducted children.