The fugitive criminal Ridouan Taghi is said to have been protected by Iran, reports De Telegraaf on the basis of anonymous sources. The Dutchman is said to have helped the Iranian secret service with liquidations in Europe, the newspaper says.
According to De Telegraaf, Tagi would commute between Dubai and Iran. According to the newspaper, he can move freely in Iran because he has assisted the secret service with several liquidations in Europe.
According to the newspaper, the link between Taghi and Iran is his henchman Naoufal F. (known as 'Noffel').
Naoufal F. was sentenced to life imprisonment in July this year for the murder of Iranian dissident Mohammad Reza Kolahi Samadi. Samadi was sentenced to death in Iran for committing a bomb attack in 1981 and hid in the Netherlands.
The National Prosecutor's Office coordinates the search for Taghi and "neither confirms nor denies" the link with Iran. NU.nl says a spokesperson does not want to comment on De Telegraaf's article in any way.
In the summer of this year, sources told De Telegraaf that the still fugitive Taghi would reside in Dubai. The public prosecutor later said he had indications that he was in the Gulf region in the Middle East.
Taghi uses bad relationships
The sources of De Telegraaf report that Taghi uses the bad relationship between Iran and the Netherlands. The two countries have no extradition treaty and diplomatically it is not running very smoothly.
Information from Dutch and foreign intelligence services would show that Iran saw a total of two liquidations in Almere and The Hague, including the murder of Samadi.
Iran would also have attempted liquidations in Denmark and Iran.
In response to the threat, three Iranian Dutch people have received extra police protection, the Argos research program reported earlier this month.