The fugitive criminal Ridouan Taghi is said to have been protected by Iran, De Telegraaf reported on Saturday based on anonymous sources. The Dutchman is said to have helped the Iranian secret service with liquidations in Europe.
According to De Telegraaf, Taghi would commute between Dubai and Iran. According to the newspaper, he can move freely in Iran because he has assisted the secret service in several liquidations in Europe.
According to the newspaper, the link between Taghi and Iran is his henchman Naoufal F. (known as 'Noffel').
In July of this year, F. was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of the Iranian dissident Mohammad Reza Kolahi Samadi, who lived under the alias Ali Motamed in the Netherlands. 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 was behind two liquidations in total 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 additional police protection, the Argos research program reported earlier this month.
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