prison plots Lawyer for Daniel Kinahan associate Ridouan Taghi denies he plotted to escape prison
Sunday World recently revealed how the Dutch military had to be drafted in to help secure the prison the where Dutch-Moroccan gangster is being held
A lawyer for Daniel Kinahan associate Ridouan Taghi has denied media reports that the infamous crime boss had hatched three specific plans to escape from the Netherlands where he is being tried in relation to six gangland murders.
Inez Weski was responding to claims by a Dutch NRC publication regarding police investigations into “violent escape plans” that Taghi allegedly discussed last year.
According to documents that the NRC obtained, a cousin of Ridouan and lawyer, Youssef Taghi forwarded messages from Taghi to an unknown person.
These concerned plans to help Taghi escape either the Extra Secure Institution (EBI) in Vught, or the court bunker in Amsterdam-Osdorp, or by taking prison staff hostage.
According to the NRC reports, Taghi had “worked on three different escape scenarios”.
“This is apparent from file documents from the investigation into his cousin Youssef, which NRC has seen. Youssef worked in the EBI as a lawyer for Taghi until his arrest on October 8.
“The documents show that Ridouan Taghi commissioned work on three scenarios for his escape. Two of these should have been performed by trained professionals, according to a report from Taghi, who has been in the EBI since late 2019. ‘It has to be navy seals way. You think too easily really’,” Taghi said in one message that was passed on by Youssef.”
The reports further claims that Youssef took pictures with his iPad of messages written by Taghi. Those photos, the police claim, were probably passed on via Signal, an app that sends encrypted messages, on a special telephone that Youssef had been given.
However, according to Weski, it had been expressly assured by (her) client that there have never been any such plans “involving violent hostage-takings aimed at people, attacks on the bunker, or on transports in any alleged escape plan”.
She added: “Taghi points out that from the outset he has refused to appear at any hearing. He says the police should know that the reports are incorrect.”
Sunday World recently revealed how the Dutch military had to be drafted in to help secure the prison at Vught where Dutch-Moroccan gangster Taghi is being held after the authorities received a tip-off Kinahan associates planned to hijack a helicopter to spring him.
While authorities arrested men they believe to be involved in an escape bid last October, they believe a plan is still in place to free Taghi.
It’s understood Taghi, who was a guest at the Dubai wedding of Daniel Kinahan, along with mobsters Ricardo Riquelme Vega, aka El Rico, caged assassin Naoufal Fassih and Italian Camorra boss Raffaele Imperiale, had already paid for his own escape before he was arrested, in a plan which was supposed to be set into action should he not get bail.
Kinahan and Taghi are said to be part of a 'super cartel' that is believed to have imported a staggering €23 billion worth of cocaine into Europe.
But since they hit their peak in 2017 - when they shared each other's company at Kinahan's lavish wedding at the seven-star Burj-Al-Arab hotel in Dubai - their fortunes have waned.
Kinahan is now one of only two of the mob bosses who still remain at large, but the authorities are believed to be closing in and close to shutting down the organisation.
While named in the High Court as a top-level drugs boss, Kinahan is yet to face charges for any crimes in Ireland.
Sources say Kinahan is well aware he could be targeted for arrest in Dubai, where he rarely stays in the same place for more than one night.
Things began to fall part not long after Kinahan's wedding, when Ricardo 'El Rico' 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 currently behind bars.
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 with photos taken shortly after his arrest showing him to be surprised and dishevelled.
Sent back to The Netherlands, Taghi is now one of 16 defendants in the Marengo trial in which they are accused of ordering six murders between 2015 and 2017.
The Marengo trial - its name randomly assigned by computer - is ongoing with the defendants being brought to the heavily fortified De Bunker court under tight security.
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