Three Belgians risk 16-year prison sentence for a 2001 unsolved murder in the Netherlands
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    Three Belgians risk 16-year prison sentence for a 2001 unsolved murder in the Netherlands

    A Dutch prosecutor requested Friday a 16-year prison sentence for three Belgians from Beringen, suspected of being involved in the death of a man of 41, a soft drug dealer in the Netherlands. The victim died from several rifle shots on 22 August 2011. It is a case that remained unsolved for several years.

    The Dutch team in charge of unsolved or “cold cases’’ proceeded to the arrest of the three Belgians in 2016. One of them, aged 35, was already in prison when he was arrested. He was confounded by a 2015 DNA analysis that corresponded with the blood traces found in the victim’s home. Two other suspects from Beringen gave themselves in to the police in the following days.

    “It is still uncertain who fired the deadly shots. The suspects make statements accusing each other of the act. The authorities consider all three as responsible, for they were together, and all played a role,’’ the public ministry said.

    The judgment is planned for 17 September.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times