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daring plan Dutch authorities believe they've foiled prison break plot by Kinahan associate Ridouan Taghi

Dutch cops arrested Taghi's lawyer in a prison consultation room on suspicion of participating in a criminal organisation

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Ridouan Taghi, the crime boss who is alleged to be an ally of Daniel Kinahan

Ridouan Taghi, the crime boss who is alleged to be an ally of Daniel Kinahan

Ridouan Taghi, the crime boss who is alleged to be an ally of Daniel Kinahan

Dutch authorities believe they may have foiled a daring escape plot by Kinahan associate Ridouan Taghi after the arrest of his lawyer in the Netherlands this weekend.

The arrest is the latest blow to the leader of the so-called Mocro Mafia allegedly controlled by Taghi following the arrest of a number of key allies in recent months.

Police swopped on lawyer Youssef Taghi while was in a consultation room with his cousin Ridouan the in Extra Secure Institution in the town of Vught in southern Netherlands on Friday morning on suspicion of participating in a criminal organisation.

Ridouan Taghi, whose Mocro Mafia formed a “supercartel” with the Kinahan cartel and other organised crime groups, is currently on trial with numerous associates in the Netherlands for organised crime offences including multiple murders.

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Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Taghi, who has close links to the Kinahan cartel, was arrested in Dubai in 2019 and later extradited to the Netherlands.

Friday’s arrest comes after the Dutch National Criminal Investigation Department received a tip-off that Ridouan was continuing to direct criminal activities from the prison which is the most secure facility in the Netherlands.

John Lucas the chief prosecutor of the Dutch National Prosecutors Office said authorities “intercepted communication” between the pair which they believe shows they were planning a “violent outbreak”.

It was not clear if the plan was for Ridouan Taghi to escape from the secure facility or while being brought to court.

Lucas told Dutch media that authorities are investigating whether Ridouan Taghi continued to organise drugs shipment from prison.

"In addition, there are indications that Taghi is looking for address details of prison staff."

Authorities say the pair were always separated by a glass wall during their consultations. While they would talk for hours about newspaper articles, authorities also allege they also communicated by holding up notes which they covered with their hands and later scratched out,

The operation got underway in February when police were able to hack the Sky ECC computer server which was used by criminals to send encrypted messages.

The decrypted messages led police to believe Taghi was still operating from behind bars

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"During the investigation this summer, suspicions arose that his cousin Youssef abused his profession and special position as a lawyer to act as a messenger," Lucas told Dutch media outlet NRC.

As a result, authorities were given the go-ahead to deploy special investigative resources against lawyer Youssef Taghi including putting him under surveillance, tapping his phone and recording his conversations.

Lucas said the investigation did not uncover any evidence that Youssef Taghi had any involvement in the killing of crime reporter Peter R. de Vries who died in hospital days after he was shot in Amsterdam in July.

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Peter R de Vries

Peter R de Vries

Peter R de Vries

The reporter had been speaking to a key witness in the case against Ridouan Taghi’s operation and investigators believe he was targeted by associates of his gang.

The gang are also believed to have killed a brother of the witness as well as a lawyer Derk Wiersum.

Youssef Taghi’s arrest came just days after another cousin of Ridouan Taghi was arrested in Morocco on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a high court judge's son in a case of mistaken identity.

The man named only as Jaouad F was said to be a close ally of Ridouan Taghi and involved in his organisation.

Other keys allies have been arrested in recent months including Italian national Raffaele Imperiale who was arrested in Dubai in August.

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Raffaele Imperiale

Raffaele Imperiale

Raffaele Imperiale

Imperiale and Taghi had both been observed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at Daniel Kinahan’s wedding in Dubai in 2017.

A number of top international criminals attended the wedding at the seven Burj Al Arab hotel and authorities believe they had formed a “supercartel” where they worked together to organise drug shipment.

Other Taghi associates have been arrested in recent times including a man referred to in court documents as Gerel P who was arrested in Brazil in July after years on the run.

In January a Dutch court sentenced him to 20 years in prison in absentia for involvement in murder plots.

Another associate, referred to as Gregory F, was arrested in on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao in September and is set to be extradited to the Netherlands to face trial in relation to his alleged involvement in Taghi’s operation.

Last month it emerged that Dutch police increased security for Prime Minister Mark Rutte over fears he may be targeted for kidnapping or an attack Taghi’s gang after the politician promised a crackdown on organised crime following the murder of Peter R de Vries in July.

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