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Botched murder Dutch-born man arrested in Morocco believed to be cousin of Kinahan associate Ridouan Taghi

He was arrested by Moroccan police on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a high court judge's son in a case of mistaken identity

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The man arrested in Morrocco is believed to be a cousin of Ridouan Taghi (pictured) the crime boss who is alleged to be an ally of Daniel Kinahan

The man arrested in Morrocco is believed to be a cousin of Ridouan Taghi (pictured) the crime boss who is alleged to be an ally of Daniel Kinahan

The man arrested in Morrocco is believed to be a cousin of Ridouan Taghi (pictured) the crime boss who is alleged to be an ally of Daniel Kinahan

A 27-year-old Dutch-born man arrested in the Moroccan coastal town of Tetouan is a cousin of the alleged crime boss Ridouan Taghi, it has been claimed. 

The man named only as Jaouad F was arrested by Moroccan police on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a high court judge's son in a case of mistaken identity.

He is believed to be a cousin of Taghi and considered a close confidant of his.

Taghi is currently in custody and on trial with 16 of his associates, who face accusations relating to six gangland murders in the Netherlands as well as drugs trafficking charges.

A leader of the notorious Mocro Mafia, Dutch media claim Taghi was behind the murder of well-known crime journalist Peter De Vries who had been advising and acting as a confidant for a witness in a case against Taghi, when he was gunned down in Amsterdam in July.

According to "well-informed sources in the criminal environment”, Moroccan authorities believe the Dutch-born man arrested in Tetouan, was involved in the murder of a high-ranking Moroccan judge's son in Marrakesh in November 2017.

Court documents say that gunmen had been assigned to carry out the killing of Mustapha F, a successful drug smuggler and rival of Taghi.

However, they accidentally killed the judge's son who was a 26-year-old medical student.

According to reports, they mistook the young medical student for the target because he sat in the same chair as Mustapha F and he was dressed similarly.

Moroccan authorities are still hunting for others involved in the 2017 killing while Dutch authorities are also looking for Jaouad F who they view as a very large and “important fish.”

His name is associated with several criminal cases, according to criminal files and reportedly works as a “handyman” for criminals.

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His job involves arranging car rentals and leases. A study of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce reveals that until a few years ago, Jaouad F, who was born in Breda, in the Netherlands, was the owner of car rental companies in Nieuwegein as well as the director of a financial firm.

His arrest came after extensive consultation between the Moroccan and Dutch governments who are said to have collaborated very closely during the search for him.

It has been suggested that the two countries might be poised to significantly improve their judicial cooperation following years of difficult relations.

However, while Jaouad F is currently detained in Morocco, it is unclear whether he will be extradited to the Netherlands.

Investigations by the American Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) established that Taghi who is alleged to have formed a European 'super-mafia' with Daniel Kinahan, as well as other senior criminals, was a prominent guest at Kinahan's wedding in Dubai in July 2017 while he was on the run from police in his own country.

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