'He had a lot of contact with wrong young people'
According to De Telegraaf, relatives of the rapper suspect who has been detained alongside a 35-year-old man for the attack, approached the paper offering to tell their story.
They are said to be ashamed of their his actions which resulted in the death of Mr de Vries one week after he was gunned down in broad daylight on an Amsterdam street.
They have called on those involved to report to the police.
“We want it to stop. This affects the lives of innocent people like De Vries and also destroys our own family. Anyone who has knowledge of the murder order should talk to the police. It is going too far,” said the relatives, who wish to remain anonymous.
In the interview, the family members say that the man named as “G” likes dancing and rapping, but is also “terribly sensitive” to status and attention.
“It is also rooster behaviour. He had a lot of contact with wrong young people from Nieuwegein, Vianen and Tiel,” according to the family.
“They form a breeding ground for the big mocrogangsters. These guys are once asked to put a bag with money or drugs in a shed or take them away and are then slowly sucked in.”
Last week De Telegraaf wrote that G is a cousin of another man who was arrested in 2015 during an investigation into the discovery of a huge arsenal in Nieuwegein and the preparation of assassinations. This was sentenced on appeal to 13 years in prison and he is still in jail.
He is also an important suspect in the criminal case 26Koper, an investigation into a group that is associated with Ridouan Taghi.
De Vries was a confidential counselor of Nabil B, the key witness in the so-called Marengo trial in which Taghi is one of the main suspects.
The case revolves around five assassinations and multiple other attempts.
Taghi’s lawyer, Inez Weski, said last week that he was shocked by the assassination attempt on De Vries, but insisted that there is no basis to believe that Taghi has anything to do with the attack.