LIVE |  Murder in Bergen was a 'collection job that got out of hand'

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The three would have been hired by the 51-year-old Swiss, who, according to justice, would have ordered the 58-year-old German Thomas Schwarz in Bergen to kill. The reason would be a business conflict.

The Swiss is said to have engaged a now 35-year-old American former deputy sheriff as a hit man. He would then have traveled with two compatriots to Bergen to kill the German in his home on Roefsstraat. He was found in a pool of blood. His throat had been cut, he had multiple stab wounds to his arms and legs, broken ribs, and injuries to his back.

A major international investigation has been underway since the body was found. The Swiss was arrested in North Macedonia at the request of the Dutch justice in July 2020 and was subsequently extradited to the Netherlands. He denies.


Several suspects have a military background and are said to have even served in Afghanistan. One of them is not present in court due to a misunderstanding with the transport. It concerns William Lyle J., the client of lawyer Yehudi Moszkowicz.

Lawyer Jeroen Soeteman, he represents the alleged client Lukas F., claims that his client never ordered a murder. It would be a debt collection job that has gotten completely out of hand: “Murder has never been on the table as an option.” He cites as an argument that his death means that the claim would no longer be paid, and that was correct. not what his client wanted.

Lukas F., emotionally read a letter: “I ask you to release me for the time being. The lives of my children, family, my business and me have been destroyed. They google my name, read terrible stories. They suffer because of that.”

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