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[Lüske / Chidda] <PAROOL> "Veroordeling geen beletsel ADM-deal" ||| "Conviction no obstacle ADM-deal"

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Wednesday, October 13, 1999 - 23:30

Conviction no obstacle for ADM-deal Lüske

(From a reporter)

AMSTERDAM - The municipality lacks a legal basis to subject real estate dealer Bertus Lüske to an integrity test. And should such a test turn out negative, then she wants to buy the squatted terrain in the West Harbor area off him - even if he is convicted of involvement in an attempted assassination of the squatters from one of the warehouses.

According to the municipality, there is only one way to 'achieve social benefit using the ADM terrain, and that is making arrangements with the current owner. "The alternative is that the site remains completely unused beyond the control of the municipality," the city-council writes in response to questions from Groen-Links.

Lüske purchased the land of 43 hectares in 1997 for 27 million guilders. Because it is currently, according to the zoning provisions, only suitable as a ship-wharf, he wants the zoning provisions changed. Then the terrain is worth much more. The municipality refuses this.

Today, the trial about Lüske's violent crackdown on the squatters of the ADM-terrain on the Hornweg will continue.

The real estate dealer tried in April last year, with the help of an excavator and a gang of muscle-men to demolish the building, while squatters where still inside. The jaws of the shovel destroyed a corner pillar of the building, the squatters could barely get themselves to safety. Lüske would have beaten a squatter.

The Public Prosecutor demanded two weeks ago, two years' imprisonment, of which six months were suspended, and a fine of 1,250 guilders. In violation of the terms of his release, Lüske had not appeared at the hearing.

The court suspended the case because the state prosecutor had changed the charges from an attempted murder to complicity. The suspect must be informed of any such modification.

The accomplices are the members of his gang of muscle-men and the driver of the excavator.

The report of the IRT Committee Van Traa speaks of 'property dealer B.' as one of the sixteen entrepreneurs who pull the strings in the Red Light District.

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[Lüske / Chidda] <PAROOL> "Lüske op de telex" ||| "Manhunt for Lüske"

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Saturday, August 21, 1999 - 21:45

Judge orders manhunt for real-estate tycoon

AMSTERDAM - The Amsterdam real estate tycoon Bertus Lüske (55, blonde, fat, a scar on the face) is wanted by the police. The real estate broker who was conditionally freed, didn't turn up in court on Friday, where he was to stand trial for the attempted murder of three squatters.

The judge asked for his remand. Lüske had to keep himself at the disposal of justice. That was one of the conditions of his provisional release in May last year. His lawyer L. Spong had to admit Friday that his client is abroad.

The butcher's son Lüske is accused of evicting his squatted warehouses on the terrain of the former Amsterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (ADM) too enthusiastically.

He sent on a Saturday morning in April last year "the biggest excavator that he could find" onto the yard at the Hornweg. The jaws smashed the windows of the warehouse to pieces, while behind them squatters were sleeping.

They were able to save their butts just before the jib pulled down their beds, furniture and almost a mainstay of the building.

Prosecutor A. Zijlstra did find it proven that Lüske by his "dangerous' and stupid' action had been guilty of attempted assault or even attempted murder.

Lüske, once a celebrated boxer, had dealt a squatter who had blocked the excavator with a truck, a "dosed punched". The defense kept it at "skirmishes".

Zijlstra demanded two years in prison, including six months probation. He also demanded a compensation of 1,250 guilders for the "fright and terror" that the squatters had endured. Some would still shoot straight up in their bed when they hear the sound of a motorcycle, according to their lawyer.

Lüske has always denied that he knew that squatters were still in the warehouse. Spong emphasized that his client did not know better than that the squatters slept in boats and caravans on the terrain. For that reason he went to work so early - at six o'clock in the morning -, the squatters would still be sleeping, so he could have his way undisturbed.

Some of the broad-shouldered "boys" he had brought would have inspected the building in advance. That this apparently had happened, "not that thorough" his client could not have imagined, argued Spong.

The police had to be called in, in order to stop the demolition work of the crane. Attempts by the squatters to defend themselves, were not effective: with baseball bats and throwing paving stones off the roof they were no match for the excavator.

It was Lüskes third attempt to evict the ADM shipyard, which he had bought for 27 million guilders. The municipality, which was negotiating with him about the possible sale of the yard, suspended the talks after this.

Irritation about "the tolerance of the municipality, which allows hackers to take homes from others in possession" had played a role, according to Spong, in Lüske's urge to take action himself. Lüske had previously accused the municipality to have send the squatters to his terrain.

The yard was in the mid-eighties already a squatters' stronghold. In 1995, the warehouses were cleared, but after three years of vacancy, again a little group moved in; which grew to about sixty squatters now, living in and around the warehouses.

Lüske is notorious in squatters' circles. He has the reputation to be quick to show up with a gang of musclemen on the doorstep. That reputation goes back to the eighties, when he 'swept clean' with five 'boys' the squat Lucky Luyk.

CHRIS VAN DE WETERING

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[Lüske / Chidda] COURTcase {short}: The Peoples of The Netherlands <-> Lüske (about ADM attack)

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Friday, August 20, 1999 - 19:15

original article from the (old) squat.net can be read here

Bertus Lüske in court
Today the court case against Bertus Lüske was held about his Gang of Musclemen against the ADM, in April last year. The state prosecutor asked for a sentence of 24 months, of which 6 are provisional. That Lüske didn't like so much his previous attorneys, became clear from the fact that this tome Gerard Spong was his attorney. Lüske himself wasn't present, the court wasn't amused by this. After 5 weeks in jail his sentence was 'suspended', part of the deal is however that you have to react to calls of the justice department. The verdict is in two weeks, on September 3rd.

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[Lüske / Chidda] COURTcase {short}: The Peoples of The Netherlands <-> Lüske (about ADM attack)

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Friday, August 20, 1999 - 00:00

original article from the (old) squat.net can be read here

Bertus Lüske in court
Today the court case against Bertus Lüske was held about his Gang of Musclemen against the ADM, in April last year. The state prosecutor asked for a sentence of 24 months, of which 6 are provisional. That Lüske didn't like so much his previous attorneys, became clear from the fact that this tome Gerard Spong was his attorney. Lüske himself wasn't present, the court wasn't amused by this. After 5 weeks in jail his sentence was 'suspended', part of the deal is however that you have to react to calls of the justice department. The verdict is in two weeks, on September 3rd.

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[Lüske / Chidda] COURTcase {short}: The Peoples of The Netherlands <-> Lüske (about ADM attack)

Date: 

Friday, August 20, 1999 - 00:00

original article from the (old) squat.net can be read here

Bertus Lüske in court
Today the court case against Bertus Lüske was held about his Gang of Musclemen against the ADM, in April last year. The state prosecutor asked for a sentence of 24 months, of which 6 are provisional. That Lüske didn't like so much his previous attorneys, became clear from the fact that this tome Gerard Spong was his attorney. Lüske himself wasn't present, the court wasn't amused by this. After 5 weeks in jail his sentence was 'suspended', part of the deal is however that you have to react to calls of the justice department. The verdict is in two weeks, on September 3rd.

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[Lüske / Chidda] <PRESS RELEASE> "Bertus Lüske voor gerecht" ||| "Bertus Lüske on trial"

Date: 

Friday, August 13, 1999 - 00:00

Press release ADM:
Subject: Mafia boss Bertus Lüske on trial for attempted men slaughter

On Friday, August 20, 1999, the criminal court case will be held against Bertus Lüske. He must face the following charges: 3 times attempted man slaughter, use of violence in public and breaching the privacy of people's homes.

At the end of April last year, a gang of about 15 muscle-men have tried with brute force to evict and demolish the squatted ADM terrain in the Western Harbor area. Early in the morning, the gang of muscle-men and a large excavator forcibly gained access to the terrain. The gang of muscle-men broke the windows of the ground floor apartment and removed the then present resident.

While the rest of the residents were still sleeping, the excavator, a huge shovel, began to bump into the facade of the building without warning. A number of residents woke up in death anxiety and it resulted in a life-threatening situation.

Two floors have been destroyed and a lot of material damage has been caused.

The owner of the property, real estate tycoon Bertus Lüske, was himself present, and conducted as an full-fledged conductor the illegal action. He hit one of the squatters on his jaw when he tried to prevent the demolition. A girl has been thrown aside by force and a number of others were threatened with violence.

Five days after the action, he has been detained and spend around 35 days in jail.

Lüske is in the possession of a demolition license, but an eviction sentence is not yet pronounced.

This was his third attempt to evacuate (illegally) the residents without a legal basis . The first attempt took place on January 21, 1998, Lüske had no demolition license at that time.

The second took place on March 3, 1998, just after a demolition license was issued.

Companies involved in the evacuation attempts are Steenkorrel B.V., Oudtzwanenburg B.V. And D. Kuiper Transport & Crane Rental.

All of them are compliced in breaching the privacy of people's homes and have completely ignored the implementing regulations that are part of the demolition permit that were drafted by the Municipal Housing Sevice.

The ADM terrain was purchased in May 1997 for the amount of 28 million guilders by Chidda Vastgoed BV and Amstelimmo BV, both of which are associated with H & R Holding, of which Lüske is the director.

In October 1998, a 'court-case in short' took place (Lüske against the ADM residents). He asked for a eviction sentence on the basis of a contract of sale with a broker, where he was friends with, Van der Vloodt. The sales amount was suddenly raised to 86 million guilders. Lüske lost the short trial, the purchase contract was not convincing and the selling price out of proportion.

Lüske is notorious because of extremely violent action against squatters and appears on 'the list of 16', (persons leading criminal organizations) put together by the Van Traa committee in the IRT Affaire.

The trial starts at 9.30h in the court house on the Parnassusweg in Amsterdam.

For more information, please contact Hay Schoolmeesters: tel. 06.50287986

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[Lüske / Chidda] <PRESS RELEASE> "Bertus Lüske voor gerecht" ||| "Bertus Lüske on trial"

Date: 

Friday, August 13, 1999 - 00:00

Press release ADM:
Subject: Mafia boss Bertus Lüske on trial for attempted men slaughter

On Friday, August 20, 1999, the criminal court case will be held against Bertus Lüske. He must face the following charges: 3 times attempted man slaughter, use of violence in public and breaching the privacy of people's homes.

At the end of April last year, a gang of about 15 muscle-men have tried with brute force to evict and demolish the squatted ADM terrain in the Western Harbor area. Early in the morning, the gang of muscle-men and a large excavator forcibly gained access to the terrain. The gang of muscle-men broke the windows of the ground floor apartment and removed the then present resident.

While the rest of the residents were still sleeping, the excavator, a huge shovel, began to bump into the facade of the building without warning. A number of residents woke up in death anxiety and it resulted in a life-threatening situation.

Two floors have been destroyed and a lot of material damage has been caused.

The owner of the property, real estate tycoon Bertus Lüske, was himself present, and conducted as an full-fledged conductor the illegal action. He hit one of the squatters on his jaw when he tried to prevent the demolition. A girl has been thrown aside by force and a number of others were threatened with violence.

Five days after the action, he has been detained and spend around 35 days in jail.

Lüske is in the possession of a demolition license, but an eviction sentence is not yet pronounced.

This was his third attempt to evacuate (illegally) the residents without a legal basis . The first attempt took place on January 21, 1998, Lüske had no demolition license at that time.

The second took place on March 3, 1998, just after a demolition license was issued.

Companies involved in the evacuation attempts are Steenkorrel B.V., Oudtzwanenburg B.V. And D. Kuiper Transport & Crane Rental.

All of them are compliced in breaching the privacy of people's homes and have completely ignored the implementing regulations that are part of the demolition permit that were drafted by the Municipal Housing Sevice.

The ADM terrain was purchased in May 1997 for the amount of 28 million guilders by Chidda Vastgoed BV and Amstelimmo BV, both of which are associated with H & R Holding, of which Lüske is the director.

In October 1998, a 'court-case in short' took place (Lüske against the ADM residents). He asked for a eviction sentence on the basis of a contract of sale with a broker, where he was friends with, Van der Vloodt. The sales amount was suddenly raised to 86 million guilders. Lüske lost the short trial, the purchase contract was not convincing and the selling price out of proportion.

Lüske is notorious because of extremely violent action against squatters and appears on 'the list of 16', (persons leading criminal organizations) put together by the Van Traa committee in the IRT Affaire.

The trial starts at 9.30h in the court house on the Parnassusweg in Amsterdam.

For more information, please contact Hay Schoolmeesters: tel. 06.50287986

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[Lüske / Chidda] <PRESS RELEASE> "Bertus Lüske voor gerecht" ||| "Bertus Lüske on trial"

Date: 

Friday, August 13, 1999 - 00:00

Press release ADM:
Subject: Mafia boss Bertus Lüske on trial for attempted men slaughter

On Friday, August 20, 1999, the criminal court case will be held against Bertus Lüske. He must face the following charges: 3 times attempted man slaughter, use of violence in public and breaching the privacy of people's homes.

At the end of April last year, a gang of about 15 muscle-men have tried with brute force to evict and demolish the squatted ADM terrain in the Western Harbor area. Early in the morning, the gang of muscle-men and a large excavator forcibly gained access to the terrain. The gang of muscle-men broke the windows of the ground floor apartment and removed the then present resident.

While the rest of the residents were still sleeping, the excavator, a huge shovel, began to bump into the facade of the building without warning. A number of residents woke up in death anxiety and it resulted in a life-threatening situation.

Two floors have been destroyed and a lot of material damage has been caused.

The owner of the property, real estate tycoon Bertus Lüske, was himself present, and conducted as an full-fledged conductor the illegal action. He hit one of the squatters on his jaw when he tried to prevent the demolition. A girl has been thrown aside by force and a number of others were threatened with violence.

Five days after the action, he has been detained and spend around 35 days in jail.

Lüske is in the possession of a demolition license, but an eviction sentence is not yet pronounced.

This was his third attempt to evacuate (illegally) the residents without a legal basis . The first attempt took place on January 21, 1998, Lüske had no demolition license at that time.

The second took place on March 3, 1998, just after a demolition license was issued.

Companies involved in the evacuation attempts are Steenkorrel B.V., Oudtzwanenburg B.V. And D. Kuiper Transport & Crane Rental.

All of them are compliced in breaching the privacy of people's homes and have completely ignored the implementing regulations that are part of the demolition permit that were drafted by the Municipal Housing Sevice.

The ADM terrain was purchased in May 1997 for the amount of 28 million guilders by Chidda Vastgoed BV and Amstelimmo BV, both of which are associated with H & R Holding, of which Lüske is the director.

In October 1998, a 'court-case in short' took place (Lüske against the ADM residents). He asked for a eviction sentence on the basis of a contract of sale with a broker, where he was friends with, Van der Vloodt. The sales amount was suddenly raised to 86 million guilders. Lüske lost the short trial, the purchase contract was not convincing and the selling price out of proportion.

Lüske is notorious because of extremely violent action against squatters and appears on 'the list of 16', (persons leading criminal organizations) put together by the Van Traa committee in the IRT Affaire.

The trial starts at 9.30h in the court house on the Parnassusweg in Amsterdam.

For more information, please contact Hay Schoolmeesters: tel. 06.50287986

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{TV} <VPRO > (DOCU): "De Lente is Gratis" ||| "The Spring is for Free"

Date: 

Thursday, September 2, 1999 - 00:00

The spring is for free - The Autonomous warriors of the new city

A bunch of artists lived together in squats in Amsterdam in the 90's. The municipality did evict every once in a while those squats and put new buildings on this premises. The squatters talk about this in this documentary. Through this episode awareness is raised for artists who live an alternative lifestyle in Amsterdam. Artists are featured who have chosen inspiration instead of money and they live by their own life philosophy, their battle for the preservation of culture, against the current politics and the power of money, the value of their initiatives for Amsterdam, the housing of refugees, fighting for personal freedom, the civil society and the squatting movement. They're followed during their everyday doings.

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[Lüske / Chidda] <QUOTE> "Bertus Lüske" (interview by Jort Kelder)

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Saturday, October 10, 1998 - 00:00

Quarrels with the squatters' movement. Quarrels with the government and quarrels with many real estate friends. Bertus Lüske is a man with a reputation. Possession of dozens of buildings designates him one of the major pawnbrokers of the capital. Last year he sold a block on Rembrandt Square for 26.1 million guilders. His capital? "Put me on a hundred million, then you're always right." The Speculation Research Collective (SpOK) published "The Lüske Brochure ', a black book in which the real estate agent is accused of criminal behavior and links with the underworld.

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