Monday, 16 December 2019
Ridouan Taghi (41), the Netherlands’ most wanted criminal, has been arrested in Dubai by local police, on Monday.
He is suspected, among other things, of ordering several murders in the criminal environment, and has been on the run from the Dutch police for years.
Taghi was one of the leading members of a criminal network that revolved mainly around cocaine trade. He is suspected of being involved in and ordering several murders, according to the Dutch police on Twitter.
He was arrested in Dubai on Monday. The public prosecutor’s office had promised a €100,000 reward for tips that would lead to his whereabouts, and is now requesting his extradition to the Netherlands, reports VRT.
The Dutch Minister for Justice congratulated the police and the public prosecutor’s office on Twitter.
Vandaag is Ridouan T. aangehouden. Voortreffelijk werk van de mensen van @Politie en @Het_OM die hier hard aan hebben gewerkt. Samen met de politie in Dubai. Bij de rechtstaat hoort dat we doorzetten in de opsporing. En mensen verantwoordelijk houden voor hun daden.
— Ferd Grapperhaus (@ferdgrapperhaus) December 16, 2019
Translation of tweet: “Ridouan T. has been arrested today. Excellent work by the people from police and the public prosecutor’s office who have worked hard on this. Together with the police in Dubai. The rule of law requires that we continue our investigations. And hold people accountable for their actions.”
The Dutch police say that the arrest is due to “intensive cooperation” with the police in Dubai. The Netherlands does not have an extradition agreement with Dubai, but according to Fred Westerbeke, the chief public prosecutor, that does not have to stand in the way of a quick extradition, reports NOS.
The Brussels Times