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Authorities fear the gang plan to land armed men inside the high-security prison from a hijacked helicopter

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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

Soldiers have been drafted in to help secure the prison where Kinahan cartel linked gangster Ridouan Taghi is being held.

The Dutch-Moroccan, who was a guest at Daniel Kinahan’s 2017 wedding at the Burj-Al-Arab hotel, is on trial with others accused of a number of gangland slayings.

Taghi is reported to have already paid millions of euros to ensure an armed break-out from the high security prison at Vught where he is being held.

Several other top-ranking gangster are also in the prison including Said Rizzouki who was extradited from Colombia earlier this week and Ricardo 'El Rico' Riquelme Vega.

Another gangster Benaouf A who is in the prison previously tried to escape from another lock-up by helicopter.

Although authorities made arrests of suspects involved in an escape bid last October they believe the plan is still active, according to Dagblad de Limburger newspaper.

Authorities fear the gang plan to land armed men inside the high-security prison from a hijacked helicopter.

Taghi is said to have already paid a group "a lot of money" prior to his arrest to free him from the prison if he didn’t get bail.

He had been extradited from Dubai where Daniel Kinahan remains one of the few members of the European super cartel still free.

His other wedding guests included Raffaele Imperiale who has also been extradited from Dubai to Italy and El Rico who was arrested in Chile four years ago.

Mayor Roderick van de Mortel of Vught does not want to "confirm nor deny" the news about the extra security measures.

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He told Dagblad de Limburger: "Working together is very telling. It confirms the enormous danger posed by a group of serious criminals. We really need to finally let go of the naivety about this. This category of criminals requires a different approach and treatment."

Taghi, Rizzouki and other are on trial in the Netherlands for a series of gangland murders in what is known as the Marengo trial.

The hearings are being held in a secure court house under heavy armed guard.

So far there have been three murders of people connected to the case including journalist Peter R de Vries who was advising a key prosecution witness.

Last August it emerged that Dutch police increased security for Prime Minister Mark Rutte after the politician promised a crackdown on organised crime.

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