André Weiland

André Weiland was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands on the 9th of March 1987 to Surinamese parents. After the Bijlmer disaster in 1992 led to the loss of his mother, his father implored André to take up soccer to cope with the frustration stemming from the loss. Considered bright pupil as well, he seemingly defied his disadvantaged background. André seemed destined for a promising soccer career, until he found himself arrested for an armed robbery he did not commit, at the age of sixteen.

Falsely convicted, he nevertheless maintained his innocence to the probation officer. Mr. Kees van Aalderen, a public prosecutor, soon took a liking towards Weiland. Van Aalderen concluded that the conviction was enabled by the witnesses’ racism towards Weiland’s Afro-Surinamese descent.

Meeting his mentor

Noting the damage the conviction caused to his career, van Aalderen had the conviction overturned through a revision trial. Van Aalderen then encouraged Weiland to join the Royal Dutch Army. Weiland opted to join the Navy instead and became part of the Dutch Marine Corps (in Dutch: “Korps Mariniers”). NLMARSOF eventually selected André. Through NLMARSOF and despite his complicated history with the criminal justice system, the DSI – the tactical teams of the Dutch police – recruited him. It was in the DSI where he would encounter his old mentor, Mr. van Aalderen, now promoted to the investigation of serious money laundering offences.

Despite – and perhaps because of – his disadvantaged background, André realises that the DSI carries out the mandate of executing the law. Even upon the wealthy and powerful. For that reason, van Aalderen insisted that André Weiland should lead the DSI deployment to arrest Gerard van Hoorn, in relation to a tax evasion case. Van Aalderen suspected that the van Hoorn family may have hired Private Military Companies possessing automatic firearms. Nevertheless, Weiland and his team did not encounter the feared mercenaries. Deploying the DSI became quickly seen as excessive.

Duty-du-jour

The legal debacle sends André on his duty-du-jour to find out the truth about the van Hoorn family. In the process, he shrewdly notes the suspicious circumstances surrounding the sacking of Tzipora Herzog, Gerard van Hoorn’s chief of security. However, the plot thickens. Weiland finds himself dishonourably discharged from the DSI for alleged insubordination, after several terrorist attacks hit the Hague. Questioning by André’s erstwhile colleagues leads to insufficient ammunition for his detractors, such as Dr. Emiel van Hoorn, brother of Gerard van Hoorn. Therefore, Emiel van Hoorn has André Weiland involuntarily committed instead.

Van Aalderen, decides to track down Tzipora Herzog. At van Aalderen’s insistence, she agrees to save Weiland from the mental hospital.

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