Cor van Hout


Cornelis (Cor) van Hout (18 August 1957 – 24 January 2003) was a Dutch criminal and mastermind of the kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken.

Cor van Hout and Willem Holleeder (right) in the Palace of Justice (Amsterdam) [nl]

Life


Kidnapping and imprisonment

During the abduction, Van Hout collaborated with Willem Holleeder, Frans Meijer, Martin Erkamps and Jan Boellaard. The five men abducted Freddy Heineken and his driver Ab Doderer in front of Heineken's office on 9 November 1983, after which they imprisoned the two men for a period of three weeks in a Quonset hut in Westpoort, a part of Amsterdam, asking a ransom for Heineken of 35 million guilders.

After the release of the hostages on 30 November, Van Hout and Holleeder managed to escape. They both fled to Paris. However, the two men were arrested by the French police on 29 February 1984.[1][2] They fought extradition to the Netherlands and were at first placed under house arrest in a hotel on 6 December 1985, before being transferred on 13 February 1986 first to Guadeloupe, then to Saint Barthélemy, then to the French part of Saint Martin, then to Île Tintamarre, then again to Guadeloupe. Finally, they were taken back to Europe, where they were at first held in a hotel in Évry before being brought to a French prison. They were finally extradited to the Netherlands on 31 October 1986.

On 19 February 1987, Van Hout and Holleeder were both sentenced to eleven years in prison, with deduction of the time they had already spent in confinement.

Shortly after his release Van Hout was jailed once again, this time for four years, for his role in a drug smuggling ring.[citation needed]

After two earlier failed attempts, Van Hout was assassinated on 24 January 2003 in Amstelveen,[3][4][5] a year after being freed a second time, and had a "mafia-style" funeral, with a white hearse pulled by eight Friesian horses leading a procession of 15 white limousines.[6]

In July 2019, his former friend Willem Holleeder was convicted for his involvement in a series of murders, including ordering the assassination of Van Hout, and the manslaughter of a person who was accompanying Van Hout at the time of the assassination.[7]

References


  1. "Arrest in Heineken kidnap". The San Francisco Examiner. San Francisco, California: Newspapers.com. February 29, 1984. p. 26. Retrieved 1 February 2021. AMSTERDAM Police in Paris today arrested two leading suspects in the kidnapping of brewery chairman Alfred Heineken, Dutch police said. Police spokesman Bernard Scholten said Cor van 1 lout, 26, and Wim I lolleeder, 25, both of Amsterdam, were picked up at an apartment house in Paris by two Dutch detectives acting in cooperation with F'rench police. The spokesman said the apartment house had been under observation for several days. Heineken, 60, and his chauffeur Ab Doderer, 57, were kidnapped last Nov. 9 and freed three weeks later by police who found them chained inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Amsterdam. A ransom reported to be $10 million to $11.6 million was paid, but most of it has been recovered.
  2. "Heineken kidnapping suspects arrested". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware: Newspapers.com. February 29, 1984. p. 2. Retrieved 1 February 2021. AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -Police in Paris arrested two leading suspects in the kidnapping of brewery chairman Alfred Heineken, Dutch police said. Police spokesman Bernard Scholten said Cor van Hout, 26, and Wim Holleeder, 25, both of Amsterdam, were picked up at an apartment house in Paris by two Dutch detectives acting in cooperation with French police.
  3. "Profiel zaak Holleeder: Cor van Hout". NU (in Dutch). 5 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  4. "Holleeder houdt vol: Mieremet zat achter moord op Cor van Hout". Telegraaf (in Dutch). 24 November 2020. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  5. "Ex-vriendin: Holleeder 'blij' na moord op 'bloedgabber' Van Hout". RTL Nieuws (in Dutch). 29 March 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  6. How a Dutch Gangster was Betrayed by His Sister | The Backstory. New York: The New Yorker.
  7. Dutch Heineken kidnapper jailed for life for gangland murders