The Public Prosecutor officially charged fugitive criminals Ridouan Taghi and Said Razzouki with orchestrating and complicity in at least three assassinations, multiple sources confirmed to newspaper AD.
At least two of the ten men suspected of involvement in an attack on the Amsterdam building of newspaper De Telegraaf last year, were also involved in two murders, the Public Prosecutor said in the first introductory hearing for the case around the Telegraaf attack on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
The court in Amsterdam sentenced criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder to life in prison on Thursday. He was convicted of ordering six murders and participating in a criminal organization. Life in prison is the only fitting punishment for Holleeder, the court said. "You think you have unscrupulous and indifferent control over life and death", the court said , according to the NOS live blog on the trial.
The getaway car used in the murder of Saban Berk in Amsterdam on Monday night, was often spotted in the vicinity of the gym where he gave classes. The police believe that the perpetrators of the shooting may have been keeping an eye on him, a spokesperson said to Het Parool.
Nearly 18 years ago, Dutch kickboxer Coen de Nijs was shot and killed in the center of Alkmaar. This week police finally came one step closer to solving the crime.
A 46-year-old Estonian man was arrested on Tuesday, suspected of playing a role in the street killing. The man admitted to being involved in the incident, police said in a statement on Thursday.
The murder happened on June 22, 2001, when De Nijs was shot from behind while he was near the corner of Zevenhuizen and Gasthuisstraat in the Noord-Holland city. De Nijs died at the scene.
Fugitive criminal Ridouan Taghi denies that he put crime writer Pieter R. de Vries on a hit list. In a personal message to De Vries, the wanted criminal said that doesn't have anything against De Vries and that the crime reporter can go wherever he wants, De Vries reported on witter.
"I am relieved and I am inclined to believe this", De Vries said, according to NU.nl. There's no way to check that the message really came from Taghi himself, but De Vries believes it does.
Crime reporter Pieter R. de Vries said on Tuesday that he is on the hit list of still fugitive criminal Ridouan Taghi. According to De Vries, Taghi wants him murdered because of statements he made about the man, he said to the Telegraaf.
"The only thing I can do now is to publicize this", De Vries said to the newspaper. He hopes to soon get more information from the criminal environment, he said.
A man and a woman were killed in a drive-by shooting in the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo on Sunday evening. The male victim is Dutch, the Telegraaf reports based on information in Surinamese media.
The shooting happened on Wilhelminastraat, near a gas station. A photo in the Telegraaf's possession shows the man's lifeless body lying on the back of a pickup truck. The woman's body is close to the truck on the ground. Both victims have bullet wounds.
The Public Prosecution Service made a huge blunder. A photo of the most important key witness in the case against Ridouan Taghi, the most wanted criminal in the Netherlands, ended up in the criminal files of all suspects around Taghi, the Prosecutor confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports in the Telegraaf.
The police photo of Nabil B. ended up in the files of suspects who are on trail on Thursday for involvement in multiple underworld assassinations. The main suspect in the case is fugitive Ridouan Taghi.
The lawyers of convicted criminal Dino Soerel posted the transcription of a conversation between criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder and crime journalist Peter R. de Vries online. De Vries plans to play the recording, dating from 2011, on RTL Boulevard on Tuesday evening. Soerel's lawyers, from Ficq & Partners, wanted to beat him to it, NOS reports.
On their website the lawyers write that De Vries is creating a false picture of reality and acts as a journalist in an "extremely questionable way".
The police and Public Prosecutor misjudged the risks involved for the family of key witness Nabil B., they admitted for the first time in interviews with four Dutch newspapers. "Our assessment was not such that we suspected an assassination", the Public Prosecutor said to the Telegraaf. "In retrospect you can say that this assessment was not correct."
So far the investigation into the murder of electrician Ali Motamed in Almere in 2015 revealed no link to Iran, the Public Prosecutor said on Tuesday in a proforma hearing against the Naoufal F. - the man suspected of ordering Motamed's assassination, NOS reports.
The European Union placed two Iranians and Iran's military intelligence service on the European terrorism list after it was revealed that Iran was likely responsible for two murders in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor's key witness Nabil B. made statements about at least 12 assassinations or attempts thereto, linking wanted criminal Ridouan Taghi's organization to most of these crimes, sources told the Telegraaf.
This is the first time ever that one key witness linked one person to so many crimes, according to the newspaper.
Iran is almost certainly behind the assassination of two persons of Iranian descent in the Netherlands, Ministers Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs and Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs wrote in a letter to parliament on Tuesday.
Michel Z., a 48-year-old former equipment manager for Feyenoord, is suspected of murdering Raouf Ben Alita in Belgium last week. A Belgian court ordered his arrest, Belgian newspaper De Gazet van Antwerpen reports.
The murdered brother of key witness Nabil B. did ask for protection, and not only for a "limited form" of security as the Public Prosecutor previously said, sources told Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool.
Two young men were sentenced to 20 and 25 years in prison for assassinating two men in Rotterdam-Beverwaard in December last year. The two perpetrators were both 18 years old at the time of the murders, NU.nl reports.
Riduouan T., currently the most wanted criminal in the Netherlands, considered assassinating prominent Public Prosecutor Koos Plooij, NRC and Het Parool report based on messages T. sent to his suspected partner in crime Richard R., also known as 'Rico de Chilean'.
The Public Prosecutor made a deal with a second suspect in one of the multiple gangland assassinations in Amsterdam and Utrecht to turn key witness. Tony de G., a 34-year-old suspect in the murder of Amsterdam criminal Jair Wessels, made statements against people involved in the criminal underworld, Het Parool reports.
The police released photos of four men murdered in a business premises in Enschede last week. Investigators hope that the public can provide more information about the victims, specifically why they were in the building on Van Leeuwenhoekstraat together and why they were all shot to death, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.