Beheaded man found in Amsterdam wasn't a career criminal
Decapitated Nabil Amzieb was not a notorious career criminal, but did have friends known to be involved in the gang conflict going on in Amsterdam since 2012, Het Parool reports.
Amzieb's severed head was left in front of shisha lounge Fayrouz on Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning. His body was found in a burnt out car in Zuidoost on Tuesday. Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan closed down the shisha lounge on Wednesday.
The 23 year old Amzieb did have a criminal record, but according to the newspaper, it did not involve anything serious. He was recently arrested for small scale drug dealing and for resisting arrest.
But while Amzieb does not seem to have been involved in serious crime himself, he is connected to people who are. According to the newspaper, he was close friends with the men arrested on Knokkestraat last year. The judiciary believes that they were on their way to assassinate two rivals of well known criminal Benaouf A. One was shot during the arrest and another was bitten by a police dog. Three of them are still in custody.
Amzieb also lived closed two crime brothers Youssef and Omar Lkhorf. Youssef was gunned down at the Staatsliedenbuurt assassination on December 29th, 2012. Beanouf A. is believed to have been the actual target of that assassination, but he escaped with his life while his two young companions were killed.
Whether Amzieb played a more important role in the gang war before his death remains to be seen. The fact that his head was placed in front of a known criminal hangout seems to be a message for one of the players in the war, according to author of the book Mocro War Marijn Schrijver.