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Belly-up Five found guilty of assassination attempt on Kinahan ally Naoufal 'The Belly' Fassih

Fassih (40) escaped with his life after a gunman mistakenly shot dead Amsterdam DJ Djordy Latumahina in a botched hit in the German city

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Naoufal 'The Belly' Fassih 

Naoufal 'The Belly' Fassih 

Naoufal 'The Belly' Fassih 

Five men have been found guilty of the attempted assassination in 2016 of Kinahan cartel associate Naoufal Fassih in Berlin.

Fassih (40) who is currently serving a lengthy jail term for a range of crimes including attempted murder, escaped with his life after a gunman mistakenly shot dead Amsterdam DJ Djordy Latumahina in a botched hit in the German city.

The victim was sitting in his Mini Cooper with his girlfriend, who was critically injured, and their then two-year-old daughter when they were targeted on October 8, 2016.

A bullet fired by the gunmen just missed the youngster.

According to Dutch media, the court in Amsterdam on Monday imposed the highest penalties on suspects named only as Tony D (38) and Mimoun B (35) with seven years in prison.

The sentences are in accordance with the demands made by the judiciary in July.

Another member of the gang, Cedric R (44) has received an additional four years in prison; this is in addition to the 26-year sentence he already received for the mistaken murder of the DJ.

The 50-year-old Abdelkader B who arranged firearms and a safe house from the Netherlands has been given five years in prison.

The fifth suspect Djurgen W (45) has also been found guilty, but will not be sentenced because he has already been sentenced to a maximum prison sentence of 30 years in the case of the mistaken murder.

“The court established that the five men were all closely involved in preparing the liquidation in Berlin,” the crimesite.nl reports. “Their intended target Naoufal ‘Noffel’ F was sentenced to life in prison more than two years ago. The liquidation failed because Noffel was not in Berlin at the planned time. "

Fassih (40) was arrested by gardaí in a Kinahan safehouse on Dublin's Baggott Street in 2015 while on the run.

The mob boss was regarded as a key link to the Kinahan cartel's network in the Netherlands along with Chilean trafficker Ricardo ‘El Rico’ Riquelme Vega.

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In June, the criminal suspected of organising his attempted murder, a 40-year-old fugitive identified only as Noureddine H, was held in San Pedro de Alcantara near Marbella .

Spanish police said he was wanted in Holland over the DJ's murder who was killed mistakenly instead of “real target” Fassih.

Seven men were jailed over the shooting in May 2018, but the man Spanish police arrested in June, described as the person suspected of planning the killing, had remained on the run.

His intended target's links to the Kinahan cartel, now said to be led by boxing promoter Daniel Kinahan after his dad Christy reportedly decided to pass the reigns of his criminal empire over to his son, were laid bare in an official Spanish police statement about the arrest.

The Civil Guard said in their statement, identifying Fassih only by his initials: “The man who has been arrested in Spain is accused by the Dutch authorities of planning the murder of N.F in Berlin.

“N.F was the intended target of the incident that resulted in the DJ’s murder. The DJ lived in the same apartment block as the other man.

“The intended target of the shooting is currently in prison for a number of crimes. He is regarded by the Dutch authorities as one of the main leaders of organised crime in recent years, and is directly linked to the so-called Kinahan Irish mafia cartel, which tried to free N.F during his transfer to court through the use of explosives.”

It later emerged that Fassih, arrested during a Garda swoop on a suspected Kinahan cartel property in Dublin, had lost an appeal against an Irish High Court decision allowing him to be tried for murder in the Netherlands.

The Civil Guard released footage of the fugitive’s arrest in t-shirt and shorts and the moment his handcuffs were taken off once he was at a police station before his fingerprints were taken to prove his identity before he was led to a prison cell.

A spokesman for the force, whose operation to arrest the wanted Dutchman was codenamed Operation 13MORTEL, said: “The Dutch authorities informed the Civil Guard that the detainee ordered the murder of a rival gang leader in Amsterdam.

“However, due to an error by the gunmen, they ended the life of a well-known city DJ while he was in a car park with his partner and daughter.

“Seven people were arrested in Holland and sentenced to more than 30 years in prison, although the intellectual author’s whereabouts remained unknown.”

In a statement the force added: “The possible presence in Spain, and specifically Malaga, of the man now under arrest in Spain was flagged up by Dutch police in February.

“There has been close co-operation between Dutch police and the Civil Guard and Dutch police came to Spain to assist the Civil Guard’s Central Operative Unit which carried out the arrest.”

Confirming the detention occurred after the fugitive’s relatives travelled to Malaga and were put under watch, the Civil Guard said: “The detainee has been remanded in prison ahead of his expected extradition to Holland.”

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Richard ‘El Rico’ Riquelme

Richard ‘El Rico’ Riquelme

Richard ‘El Rico’ Riquelme

Fassih, a Dutch citizen of Moroccan origin, was surrendered to the Dutch authorities by the High Court in 2017 to face charges of attempted murder, assault, possession of false documents and money laundering.

He was subsequently convicted in the Netherlands of all charges and jailed for 18 years.

In February he appealed the Irish High Court decision allowing him to be tried for murder in the Netherlands. It later emerged that he had lost the appeal.

Fassih, who has been dubbed ‘Belly’ because of the size of his stomach, has been described as a business partner of jailed criminal Chilean Richard Eduardo Riquelme Vega, known as ‘El Rico’.

The South American has also been identified as a close ally of Daniel Kinahan.

Gardaí and international investigators believe gangs like the Kinahan cartel were getting their cocaine from the Chilean’s gang which they then funnelled into Ireland.

El Rico was arrested in the car park of a luxury hotel in Santiago, Chile, in 2017 before being extradited to Amsterdam, where he was found guilty of leading criminal organisations with the aim of liquidation and money laundering.

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