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."
The court sentenced 40-year-old Shurandy S. to 20 years in prison for murdering Reduan B., brother of key witness Nabil B. The judge considered it conclusively proven that S. gunned down the innocent man at his business in Amsterdam on March 29th last year, RTL Nieuws 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.
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.
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.
A Dutch man was shot dead in the center of the Spanish resort of Torremolinos on Saturday evening. The victim is drug criminal Hamza Z., considered one of the main players in the drug war in Utrecht and surroundings, the Telegraaf reports.
The man was dining in a restaurant near the beach when a masked man entered the establishment and shot the Dutch man in the head and upper body. He died in hospital. The perpetrator fled in a white van. Witnesses told local media that the entire assassination took no more than two minutes.
Nabil B. is again threatening to withdraw his testimony as key witness in the investigations into a series of underworld assassinations, because he feels the Dutch authorities are not doing enough to protect his family. His family also wants compensation for the effects B.'s role as key witness are having on their lives, B.'s lawyer Bart Stapert said in an interim hearing, the Telegraaf reports.
The man suspected of murdering Reduan B., brother of key witness Nabil B., was approached to commit the assassination in the autumn of last year, he stated. According to Shurandy S., he was only told who the target was two days before the murder, and did not know that the target was the brother of a key witness, was revealed during the first introductory session against S. on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
After the murder of Reduan B., brother of key witness Nabil B., the Public Prosecutor eavesdropped on a conversation between a journalist and a source without following the proper procedures, the Public Prosecutor confirmed in a statement on Wednesday after NOS wrote about it.
One of the men arrested in connection with the murder of Reduan B., brother to Nabil B. - a key witness in a number of Utrecht and Amsterdam assassination cases, is a member of te Caloh Wagoh Main Triad motorcycle club. The suspect arrested for firing a rocket launcher at the building housing Panorama and Nieuwe Revu in Amsterdam last week, is also a member of this club, a source told the Telegraaf.
A 40-year-old man from Hilversum arrested on suspicion of murdering key witness Nabil B.'s brother March, confessed to the murder, the Public Prosecutor announced, NU.nl reports.
The man only confessed to killing Reduan B. at his office in Amsterdam, and did not say whether he was ordered to do so or give any names or information that could lead to other suspects. He will appear in court on July 5th.
Family members of key witness Nabil B. went abroad with the help of the Dutch judiciary to go into hiding. They can not return to the Netherlands because there is insufficient capacity to protect them, the Telegraaf reports based on information from sources around assassinations investigation Marengo.
The Marengo investigation involves several murders among a new, relatively young generation of criminals. A number of gunmen have already been caught and tried, but the order givers are still at large. Nabil B. plays an important role in this investigation.
The police released new photos of Ridouan Taghi and Said Razzouki. Key witness Nabil B. named Taghi as the person who ordered several assassinations and attempts thereto in the Netherlands. Razzouki is a known accomplice of Taghi, according to newspaper AD.
Investigators believe that Taghi at least is abroad and he was also placed on international wanted lists.
Nabil B., a key witness in multiple investigations into assassinations, is threatening to retract his testimony if his family is not better protected. According to him, the murder of his brother shows that his family is not getting adequate protection, B.'s lawyer Bart Stapert said during a pro-forma hearing in the criminal case against B. on Tuesday, ANP reports.
The brother of key witness Nabil B., who was shot and killed in Amsterdam on Thursday morning, chose not to accept all the protection measures the Dutch authorities offered him, spokesperson Ties Kortman of the Public Prosecutor said, according to newspaper AD.
A person was killed in a shooting on TT. Melissaweg at the NDSM lot in Amsterdam on Thursday morning, the police said on Twitter. Het Parool identifies the victim as the brother of a key witnesses in a case revolving around multiple assassinations.
The police reported the shooting just after 9:00 a.m. The area has been closed to the public and forensic investigators are at the scene.
According to Het Parool, the victim is 41-year-old Reduan B. He runs a business on TT. Melissaweg. The police have not confirmed his identity. A burning car was found around the corner.