Dutch drug case lawyer at­tacked in Ger­many

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A Dutch lawyer was shot in Ger­many yes­ter­day, with the at­tack be­ing linked to his work on drugs cases. Philippe Schol is the sec­ond lawyer from the Nether­lands to be at­tacked in two months af­ter Derk Wier­sum was shot and killed in front of his Am­s­ter­dam home in Septem­ber and was rep­re­sent­ing a pro­tected wit­ness in a case in­volv­ing sev­eral killings in the drug scene. Dutch au­thor­i­ties were aware of threats made against Mr Schol, who was hit in the leg but is not in a life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion. Gun vi­o­lence re­mains rare in the Nether­lands and the killing of Wier­sum was un­prece­dented, but Am­s­ter­dam has ex­pe­ri­enced an up­surge in drug-re­lated crimes.

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