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Crime World Extra: The murder of journalist Peter R. De Vries and the case against Ridouan Taghi

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant

Dutch crime reporter Peter R. De Vries died in hospital yesterday, a week after he was shot on a busy Amsterdam street in an attack which has drawn outrage across Europe.

As his family and friends mourn his loss, police are focusing on the advisory role he was playing to state witness Nabil B, the underworld crime figure set to give evidence against his one-time gang boss Ridouan Taghi.

Taghi, an associate of Daniel Kinahan, is already suspected of being behind the murder of Nabil B’s innocent brother and that of his lawyer Derk Wiersum, a father of two young children who was gunned down on the doorstep of his home in 2019.

This week, as De Vries still clung to life, Nicola Tallant spoke with with De Telegraaf journalist Saskia Belleman, who worked along side the celebrity journalist and who saw him only days before he was shot.

Saskia reveals the types of criminals who carry out these horrendous acts of narco-terrorism, the disconnect they have with their victims and the long-term effects the murder of De Vries will have on Taghi’s trial.

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