Suspect arrested for 2014 Amsterdam mistaken identity murder and assassination

Police guard in a detention center
Police guard in a detention centerPhoto: Politie

On Thursday the police arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the mistaken identity murder of Stefan Eggermont and the assassination of Massod Amin Hosseini, both in Amsterdam in 2014. Sources told newspaper NU.nl that the suspect is Ilias K.

K. is already in custody on suspicion of playing an organizing role in the assassination of criminal Alexander Gillis in Zaandam in February 2014, according to the newspaper.

Eggermont was shot dead on Conradstraat in Amsterdam early on July 13th, 2014. The police later determined that the 30-year-old man was mistaken for someone else and was not the intended target of the murder. ​Hosseini was found dead in a car in Osdorp in September 2014. The authorities believe that the 26-year-old man was assassinated in an underworld conflict.

Remarkably, the Public Prosecutor believes that Hosseini was the gunman who shot and killed Gillis, according to NU.nl. This means that Ilias K. and Hosseini worked together at some point before K. was involved in his murder. 

K.'s arrest for involvement in Hosseini and Eggermont's murders was partly based on new information from hacked Ennetcom PGP phones. In 2016 the Dutch authorities seized Ennetcom servers in Canada, gaining access to millions of encrypted messages sent between criminals. This is also how K. was linked the assassination of Gillis in Zaandam.

K. will be arraigned on Friday. He is currently in restricted custody, which means that he can only have contact with his lawyer and that the police can provide no further information about this case. 

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