Taghi is currently being held in the Netherlands where he is one of 16 defendants in the Marengo trial in which they are accused of ordering six murders between 2015 and 2017.
The Dutch crime lord is a close associate of Irish mafia boss Daniel Kinahan and was a guest at his wedding in Dubai.
The pair are said to be part of a 'super cartel' that is believed to have imported a staggering €23 billion worth of cocaine into Europe.
However, it has now emerged that detectives found images of the woman on a phone that Taghi had in his possession when he was arrested in Dubai.
In October of that year, a woman named Naima Jillal disappeared in Amsterdam.
She was suspected of large-scale cocaine trafficking, according to reports in the Amsterdam-based newspaper, Het Parool.
The report claims that, according to police, the photos on the phone were taken shortly after Jillal disappeared without a trace after getting into a car near her home on the Zuidas in Amsterdam.
The paper also claims the Public Prosecution Service suspects that Naima Jillal can be seen in the photos.
“There are indications that Naima Jillal was connected with the smuggling of cocaine through the fruit company De Groot in Hedel,” the paper reports.
“Records show that Jillal was apparently deeply involved in the trade, and she was also under investigation.
“One of the photos shows a naked woman tied to a chair with tape. Another photo would show a belly with a cut finger and a toe. In a third photo, a woman is lying naked on her stomach on the floor.”
Taghi's lawyer Inez Weski told Het Parool that it is "completely unclear forensically where that telephone or those photos come from”, adding, “it cannot be said that this phone can be linked to my client”.
The paper claims the metadata of the photos would show that the photos were taken on the night of October 20 to 21, 2019, when Jillal went missing.
Jillal, who was also known as “Aunt”, lived in Utrecht and was a suspect in several large-scale imports of cocaine.
In March last year, a handbag which is believed to belong to Jillal was found in a warehouse in Antwerp where 4.2 tons of cocaine was previously seized.
In 2017, Taghi was a guest at Kinahan's lavish wedding at the seven-star Burj-Al-Arab hotel in Dubai, along with mobsters Ricardo Riquelme Vega, aka El Rico, caged assassin Naoufal Fassih and Italian Camorra boss Raffaele Imperiale.
Things began to fall part not long after Kinahan's wedding, when Ricardo Riquelme Vega was the first to fall, arrested in his native Chile and extradited to The Netherlands to face trial.
In June 2021, the Chilean was jailed for 11 years for organising murders and laundering drug money.
A mobile phone seized from him included a video that featured Kinahan as well as Italian mob boss Rafaelle Imperiale, another of his wedding guests who was recently extradited to face trial in Italy.
During El Rico's trial it was explicitly alleged that Kinahan, El Rico, Imperiale, Ridouan Taghi and Nafoufal Fassih were operating in unison as a drugs cartel.
Fassih was jailed for 18 years for attempted murder in Holland after he was extradited from Dublin in 2017, where he had been arrested in a Kinahan safehouse.
Next to go was Taghi, arrested in Dubai in his luxury bolthole and now being held at the Extra Secure Institution (EBI) in Vught.