Gangster goes to court to block Heineken kidnap movie

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One of the Netherlands’ most notorious gangsters is going to court to try to block a film about the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken.

Willem Holleeder is seeking an injunction against IDTV Film, producers of De Heineken Ontvoering (The Heineken Kidnap), which stars Rutger Hauer as the beer magnate.

Heineken, who was then president of the international brewing firm, and his chauffeur Ab Doderer, were kidnapped in 1983 by a gang of five men, including Holleeder.

They were held for a week in a warehouse in Amsterdam’s western docks before being released after a ransom of 35 million guilders (about 16 million euros) was paid, but were later caught and jailed.

The film is set to premiere on October 27, but Holleeder has objected on the grounds that the dramatization is not sufficiently true to life. His own role has been merged in the film with that of another kidnapper, Martin Erkamps.

Jens van den Brink, lawyer for IDTV, said: “Filmmakers are free to make films about crime, especially when it concerns of the most talked about crimes in recent history.”

The case is due to be heard on October 20 in the so-called ‘courthouse bunker’ in Amsterdam-Osdorp, allowing Holleeder, who is nearing the end of a sentence for extortion , to be present.

Film director Maarten Treurniet declined to comment.

Source: Het Parool: Holleeder eist verbod film Heinekenontvoering
Photo by Gerard Stolk

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