Dutch crime reporter Peter de Vries dies after being shot in the head

Celebrity Dutch crime reporter Peter R. De Vries has died after being shot last week, Dutch RTL news reported Thursday.

The attack last week on De Vries, 64, had drawn outrage across Europe.

De Vries was a celebrity in the Netherlands, as both a frequent commentator on television crime programs and an expert crime reporter with sources in both law enforcement and the underworld.

"Peter fought till the end but wasn’t able to win this battle. He died surrounded by the people who loved him," his family said in a statement published by RTL, the network who employed De Vries as crimes reporter.

De Vries won an international Emmy Award in the current affairs category in 2008 for his work investigating the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005.

De Vries had been acting as the official adviser to a crown witness – known only as Nabil B – in a high-profile murder case and drug trafficking trial. 

The case involves Ridouan Taghi, an alleged drug kingpin.

Until his arrest in Dubai in late 2019, Mr Taghi had been listed among Europe’s most-wanted fugitives by the EU police agency Europol and in 2019 was described as “one of the world’s most dangerous and wanted men” by the commander-in-chief of Dubai Police.

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