Thirty-year Sentences For Dutch Lawyer’s Killers Upheld

Dutch judges on Thursday upheld the 30-year jail terms of two men accused of shooting dead a defence lawyer in a drugs-related case in the Netherlands.

Lawyer Derk Wiersum was the main witness in a trial against the country’s biggest drug baron when the 44-year-old father of two was murdered in front of his Amsterdam home in September 2019.

Prosecutors had asked the Amsterdam Appeals Court to change the 30-year sentences, handed down in October last year, to life behind bars.

On Thursday, the court rejected the appeal.

The two men — named only as Moreno B. and Giermo B. by the Dutch media — killed Wiersum with “cold-blooded, terrifying professionalism, which can only be described as unscrupulous”, the appeals court said.

“Society should be protected from both men.”

“The purpose of the punishment is to deter others from committing the same type of offences,” the court said in a statement

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