“This is a hearing to prepare for trial. A number of things still need to be investigated,” Lelystad court spokesman Onno Mulder said.
One of the accused’s lawyers, Sidney Smeets said outside the courthouse that his client “finds it incredible that he has to appear before the court as a suspect in the linesman’s death.”
“Nobody would have foreseen that this incident would get out of hand as it did,” he said.
In a surprise twist last week, Dutch media reported that three members of the Nieuw Sloten team were not even supposed to have been playing on the day Nieuwenhuizen was attacked.
Two of the boys did not have “players’ passes,” while a third was not a Nieuw Sloten member, Dutch media reported, citing court documents.