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.
Fugitive Ridouan Taghi has been linked to two more murders, three attempted killings and ordering an attack on a spy shop in Nieuwegein, was revealed in a proforma hearing on Tuesday. The criminal group led by Taghi is now suspected of at least nine assassinations and a whole series of attempted murders and never executed murder plans, Het Parool reports.
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.
The police released new sketches of wanted fugitives Ridouan Taghi and Said Razzouki on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. The sketches are aged show what the two fugitives may look like today. The police call on Dutch holidaying abroad to keep an eye out for the two, who are wanted for at least five assassinations in the Netherlands.
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.
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 police raided eight buildings in Utrecht, Nieuwengein, Vianen and Tiel on Tuesday morning for as yet unknown reasons. Seven people were arrested, the police said on Twitter.
A spokesperson for the police would not tell NU.nl why the raids were done or what the detainees are suspected of, in the interest of the investigation. The spokesperson did say that the detainees are not suspected of terrorism.
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.