The authorities in Dubai deported Ridouan Taghi to the Netherlands on Wednesday. The man considered to be one of the most wanted criminals in the Netherlands arrived on chartered plane, under guard of the Dutch police, during the early hours of Thursday morning, the Public Prosecutor said.
Before his capture this week, suspected drug lord and organized crime boss Ridouan Taghi was in the Arab emirate of Dubai since 2016, the Chief of Police there told Dutch news program Nieuwsuur. Taghi, sought by Dutch police for years in connection with the murders of nine people, was found hiding in a luxury villa in a new district of Dubai.
Heavily armed police officers raided an apartment in Vianen on Tuesday night as part of the investigation into the criminal organization allegedly run by Ridouan Taghi, who was arrested in Dubai on Monday. Relatives of Taghi live in the apartment and his sister Nora was arrested, according to various Dutch media.
News of the arrest of suspected organized crime boss Ridouan Taghi brought a sense of pride and relief to officials in the Netherlands tasked with tracking down the fugitive. Taghi, who turns 42 later this week, is suspected of ordering nine assassinations and has given Dutch authorities the runaround for years while still controlling a vast criminal organization, police alleged.
Police in the Netherlands announced the arrest of Ridouan Taghi on Monday. The 41-year-old wanted fugitive was taken into custody in Dubai, police said. The OM, the Dutch prosecution service, has requested the extradition of Taghi from Dubai.
Riduouan Taghi, considered the most wanted fugitive criminal in the Netherlands, is likely staying on Kish - an island in the Persian Gulf, an about two-hour boat ride from Dubai, the Telegraaf reports based on "multiple sources" within and outside the investigative services. The Netherlands has no extradition treaty with Kish.
In July the Telegraaf wrote that Taghi was "almost certainly" hiding in Dubai.
The police believe that fugitive Ridouan Taghi is part of a "super cartel" that controls around a third of the cocaine trade in Europe, AD reports based on police documents in its possession. Other members of this "super cartel" include leaders from the Italian, Irish and Bosnian mafias, the newspaper writes.
Ridouan Taghi, currently the most wanted fugitive in the Netherlands, is almost certainly hiding in Dubai, newspaper De Telegraaf writes based on sources within the Public Prosecution Service. The police and judiciary are convinced that the net is closing around Taghi, the newspaper writes.
A Transavia flight from Dubai to Amsterdam was forced to make an unplanned landing in Vienna over the weekend, after a fight broke out on the plane over a passenger's flatulence. Four Dutch, two men and two women, were removed from the plane in Vienna. The two women plan to take the KLM subsidiary to court, the Telegraaf reports.
The Australian federal police arrested a Dutch man in Dubai as part of a major investigation into drug trafficking to Australia, according to an article in the Sunday Telegraph. The man in question is 41-year-old Nejmi S. from Schiedam. The Australian authorities consider him to be a key player in this case, AD reports.
An criminal gang suspected of trafficking hard drugs from the Netherlands to Australia was arrested in an international police action, the Dutch Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. A total of 17 suspects were arrested, including two Dutch.
A 33-year-old man from Utrecht and a 47-year-old man from Huizen were arrested in the Netherlands on Tuesday. The Dutch police became involved in this case, called Operation Veyda, after the Australian police asked the Netherlands to investigate the origin of drugs trafficked to the country.
Football club Roda JC put the acquisition of the club by Aleksei Korotaev "on-hold" on Thursday after it was revealed that he's been in a Dubai prison since February. A number of stakeholders are worried about the Kerkrade club's future should this deal fall through.
Dutch hot air balloon pilot Jelke Haven was seriously injured on Saturday morning during a flight over the Dubai desert. Despite his critical injuries, he still managed to get his passengers safely on the ground. The company he works for in Dubai descries him as a hero, AD reports.
Dozens of Dutch criminals involved in drug trafficking, street assassinations and white-collar crime are using Dubai as a hiding place due to the fact that there is no extradition treaty between the Arab desert state and the Netherlands, the Telegraaf reports.
A group of 180 Dutch travelers have been stuck in Dubai since Saturday. Their TUI flight had to turn around shortly after departing on Saturday due to a defective wing flap, a spokesperson for travel company TUI said to ANP.
The owners of top Dutch restaurant De Librije decided against opening a branch in Dubai because the restaurant could not get an alcohol license.
Dutch team Super Quadcopter Gang came in 4th place at the World Drone Prix in Dubai, the first major drone tournament in the world. And with that they won a prize of 25 thousand dollars.
Super Quadcopter Gang, the Dutch team competing in the first ever major drone tournament - the World Drone Prix in Dubai - is through to the final round. A massive one million dollars in prizes is up for grabs, with the winner getting $250 thousand.
A traveling police officer and other passengers overpowered and subdued a 30 year old Dutchman on an Emirates flight from Dubai to London on Sunday. According to eyewitnesses, the man suddenly became extremely violent and tried to headbutt several crew members on the flight
ABN Amro announced today that investigations around its Private Banking office in Dubai have been completed, and the company is to pay around 1.1 million euros in fines due to shortcomings of its money laundering protection procedures and controls.
An internal investigation of the ABN Amro branch in Dubai found no evidence of fraud committed by employees. There was also no evidence of terrorist financing or money laundering. There was, however, evidence that internal rules were violated.
The police in Dubai have arrested real estate tycoon Roger Lips. Lips has been a fugitive for 13 months. The controversial businessman, who was partly responsible for the near-collapse of the SNS bank, is suspected by the judiciary in the Netherlands of money laundering and large-scale bankruptcy fraud.
Irish budget airline Ryanair has launched a business class service in a move to rehabilitate its image and respond to travelers' demands for better customer service. The Business Plus fare would give customers flexible tickets, more check-in baggage, priority boarding and access to premiums seating.