Moroccan authorities make arrest in Amsterdam decapitation case

Nabil Amzieb (Photo: Opsporing Verzocht)Nabil Amzieb (Photo: Opsporing Verzocht)

Authorities in Morocco arrested a suspect in connection with the decapitation of Nabil Amzieb, whose severed head was left in front of the Fayrouz shisha lounge in Amsterdam on March 8th.

The suspect, 23-year-old Omar A., was arrested nearly two months ago, his lawyer Juriaan de Vries confirmed to Het Parool after reports about it on crime site According to the lawyer, A. was wrongfully arrested because the Dutch authorities told Morocco that Omar A.'s involvement in Amzieb's assassination is only "one of many scenarios being investigated" and that there is no evidence of his involvement. A. is therefore not considered a suspect in the Netherlands.

"It surprises me that Omar is still in prison, precisely because the Dutch authorities both informally and formally let the Moroccan authorities know that he is not formally a suspect in this case here", De Vries said to the newspaper. "Based on what supposed evidence he is nevertheless being held in Morocco, is unknown to me."

According to the newspaper, Omar A. is the brother of Adil A., who was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the Staatsliedenbuurt double assassinations in 2012. The appeal of that case is currently in court. Omar A. is also in the Staatsliedenbuurt files because his DNA was discovered in an Audi RS4 used as a getaway car in the assassinations, but it could not be proven that he was in the car on the night of the murders.