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[Lüske / Chidda] <RAVAGE> "Lüske duikt onder" ||| "Lüske into hiding"

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Friday, September 3, 1999 - 22:00

‘Leader of gang of muscle-men goes into hiding to avoid jail sentence’

The Amsterdam public prosecutor A. Zijlstra, demanded on Friday, August 20th. two years in jail, six months probation, against the rogue real estate developer Bertus Lüske (55) for attempted murder of three squatters, man handeling and destruction of personal property. She also thought it was just to demand a compensation of in total 2750 guilders for four aggrieved residents of the ADM terrain.

Lüske's absence at the session caused some frictions between the court and lawyer Spong, who on two occasions asked on behalf of his client to stall the case because the public prosecutor had at the last moment made some minor changes to the charge. Although Spong had no idea where Lüske was staying, he first wanted to consult with his client in hiding. Through chairman Bartels, the court ruled that the defendant himself had weakened his defense by not being present. In fact, he should be present as this was one of the conditions for his provisional release, which followed upon the 35 days remand. For that reason his name was immediately put on the telex of wanted persons (There already seems to a sighting of some helpful Amsterdam squatters, who cycled via Lüske's office at the Weesperzijde, to his home in Huizen).

When Lüske's lawyer doggedly continued his delaying tactics, by now it was the fault of his secretary, that Lüske was not there, Bartels asked Spong to quit whining. ,,We’re not letting you treat us like little boys”, he snapped at the lawyer, who then in his turn felt offended.

After the mood was set, the substantive part of the case could start, under the watchful eye of a packed public gallery. There were people who knew exactly what happened on that fateful Saturday morning of April 24th., 1998 on the terrain of the former Amsterdam Dry Dock Company. Around six o'clock in the morning, Lüske came for the third time within a few months to his 28 million guilders costing building, which since October 1997 is inhabited by thirty squatters. This time he was in the company of fifteen burly guys and the largest shovel he could hire.

Lüske did not want to wait any longer for an eviction notice and decided himself to start the demolition. While people were sleeping, the shovel began to tear down the building. That no one was injured by glass flying around and falling concrete was a small miracle. Also two police officers who came quickly to the scene, couldn’t change Lüske’s scheme. His behaviour was somewhere between that of a cheerleader, a camp commandant and a conductor of a Finnish scream choir.

In between bossing around, the former boxer found also the opportunity to administer a "metered" blow to one of the residents, after he had refused to remove his truck, which he had parked in front of the building to protect it. Initially the victim thought that he was hit by a Neanderthals, but the description of the perpetrator: blond, slothful, scar on the face appeared to be similar to that of Lüske.

Only with the arrival of more police Lüske quit his "dangerous and foolish action", as prosecutor Zijlstra's described the actions of the accused. That Lüske had chosen an unusual time (six o'clock in the morning) and quietly pulled up, points according to the officer, to a calculated raid.

Because the facts are so serious, she wanted to disconnect the case from the squatting issue. That was not OK with Spong, as he emphasized the historical context. ,,The property is owned by him and after he had the demolition permit, he wanted to demolish. He just doesn’t understands the law and has underestimated the consequences of his action." That Lüske already twice before had visited, with a gang of muscle-men, the ADM, when he had not a license for anything, he did not mention.

Also the reputation of Lüske as uncrowned king of the muscle-men’ gangs didn’t come up in Spong's treatise on the historical context. Interestingly, in his assertion he stated that his client wanted to demolish the building because the squatters were wrecking the building. Attempted murder, according to the lawyer, was out of the question, since Lüske didn’t known better than that squatters were sleeping in boats and caravans around the building. But a moment later the counselor claimed that Lüske had firstly sent men in, to see if anyone was sleeping there. ,,This pleas in his favor, because if there had been foul play, he had not deemed it necessary to first look inside the building", according to Spong.

On the exact course of events the opinions differ. The squatters came with fairly consistent statements, while members of the muscle-men gang (employees of the companies Steenkorrel BV, Oudtzwanenburg BV, D. Kuiper Transport & Kraanverhuur and A & B dienstverlening en advies) came up with varying statements about what happened. Spong said to attach more value to varying statements because these differences are ,,a proof of good repute''.

Altogether Spong said that Lüske had paid his dues. If the court nonetheless decided to convict him, he suggested that community services or fines were called for. The compensation where lawyer Betty Wind, on behalf of the four squatters asked for, four times one thousand guilders, reduced by the prosecutor to three times 750 and 500 guilders for the beaten man, he called unreasonable. ,,We have to distribute the pain on both sides'', said Spong, who stressed that his client is ,,a victim of the policy of tolerance'', pointing to the decision (in the beginning of 1998) of the public justice department, to not (yet) proceed with eviction.

Wind in response to Spong's idea of distributing the pain equally, stated that: “no one deserves what happened to my clients’’, and said that the small amount was only an advance on the amount the victims will demand in the lawsuit against Lüske, which will follow. Given his criminal record and reputation, his name appears on the parliamentary inquiry's list of 16 persons that lead criminal organizations, it appears that Lüske has to go back to jail and his career in glamorland, which he hoped to start, has to forget. The court will give it’s verdict on Friday, September 3rd. at 13.00.

(Patrick)

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[Lüske / Chidda] <NRC> "Eis twee jaar" ||| "Two years jail demanded"

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Saturday, August 21, 1999 - 21:45

Bertus L. took a gang of musclemen along

Jail sentence of two years demanded after eviction of squatted warehouse

By our Amsterdam' editorial office

Amsterdam, August 21st.
Against the property dealer Bertus L., who in April last year himself wanted to evict his squatted warehouse with a gang of musclemen, is yesterday for the Amsterdam court a jail sentence of two years demanded, with six months probation.

L, is accused of attempted murder, aggravated assault and destruction. The 55-year-old L. from Amsterdam tried with a gang of fifteen men and an excavator to evict his warehouse on the terrain of the Amsterdam Droogdokmaatschappij (ADM) and to demolish it.

The squatters were startled when early in the morning a jib of the shovel destroyed the facade of the building. No one was injured. However allegedly, L. would have dealt a blow moments later to a squatter.

After police arrived, L. and his disposal team retreated. The real estate broker was arrested several days later. L. has spent 35 days in custody and was then released pending trial.

The prosecutor holds the real estate broker personally responsible for the action and is for now not intending to prosecute the members of the cleanup crew.

According to G. Spong, the lawyer of the accused L. was the building prior to demolition checked. "L. did send in four people of the clean-up, including the driver of the shovel, to assess the situation. They explained that there was no one present in the warehouse. The existence of intent can not therefore been established in my opinion", said Spong.

It is not the first time that L. and squatters are clashing. In the early eighties L. send in gangs of musclemen to evict the squat Lucky Luyk. Since then, L. collided several times with the squatters.

The ADM terrain was in 1997 bought by L. for 27 million guilders. The municipality would initially develop the terrain together with L.. According to the lawyers of L. there is still no agreement between the municipality and the owner.

Verdict on: September 3rd.

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

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Friday, August 13, 1999 - 19:15

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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TRY-OUT: The Lunatics - "www.sandman.nl"

The Lunatics

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Thursday, May 13, 1999 - 00:00 to Saturday, May 15, 1999 - 00:00

Theatergroep The Lunatics speelt www.sandman.nl

De Utrechtse theatergroep The Lunatics speelt 13, 14 en 15 mei 1999 in de ADM-loods te Amsterdam de eerste try-outs van haar nieuwste productie www.sandman.nl. De voorstellingen beginnen om 21.00 uur.

www.sandman.nl is een spektakel met groteske beelden en een legendarisch verhaal waaraan het publiek zelf betekenis mag geven.

Deze avondvullende voorstelling speelt zich af op een basisstation waar een enorme zandloper zeldzaam zand produceert. Zes schotelantennes tasten de sterrenhemel af. Drie zandmannen doden de tijd. Bij het licht van tientallen monitoren surfen zij over het wereldwijde web ...

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more info on the Lunatics website

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PRESS-RELEASE

Theater group The Lunatics plays www.sandman.nl

The Lunatics theater group from Utrecht play the first try-outs of her new production www.sandman.nl on May 13, 15 and 15 1999 in the ADM-shed in Amsterdam. The shows start at 21.00.

www.sandman.nl is a spectacle with grotesque images and a legendary story, the meaning of which can be determined by the audience themselves.

This evening-filling show is set at a base-camp where a giant hour-glass produces rare sand. Six satellite dishes are scanning the skies. Three sandmen are killing time. By the light of dozens of monitors they are surfing the worldwide web ....

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