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Narco nabbed Ridouan Taghi's right-hand man faces extradition to Netherlands following arrest in Columbia

Justice authorities believe that he is involved in various assassination and other murder attempts

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It is now just a matter of days before Razzouki is extradited to the Netherlands

It is now just a matter of days before Razzouki is extradited to the Netherlands

It is now just a matter of days before Razzouki is extradited to the Netherlands

A suspected hit man considered to be the right-hand man of Ridouan Taghi, the leader of the so-called Mocro Mafia, is due to be extradited to the Netherlands following his arrest in Columbia. 

Colombian President Iván Duque has signed the extradition order for Said Razzouki which clears the way for the extradition of the Moroccan-Dutchman, who has been described in international media as one of Taghi’s most important accomplices.

Taghi, the head of the international cocaine trafficking gang, was captured some time ago in Dubai and later extradited to the Netherlands.

He is now on trial where he faces murder and multiple drug trafficking charges.

In March 2018, a prize of 100,000 euros was placed on Razzouki’s head but it still took two years before the wanted criminal was arrested in Medellín, Colombia.

The search for Razzouki was reportedly funded by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The arrest was preceded by a lengthy undercover operation and involved four Colombian undercover agents staying in two safehouses for months to determine Razzouki's location.

During his arrest, Razzouki was injured as he jumped out a window in a bid to avoid capture.

Like Ridouan Taghi, Saïd Razzouki is a suspect in the Marengo liquidation process.

Justice authorities believe that he is involved in various assassination and other murder attempts.

His brothers Mohamed and Zaki are also on trial in the same Marengo trial.

According to the news site El Colombiano, it is now just a matter of days before Razzouki arrives in the Netherlands.

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The Colombian Supreme Court had already approved the extradition earlier this summer, but that decision was challenged by Razzouki's lawyers in Colombia.

However, according to the Colombian Ministry of Justice and the legal department of President Duque's office, the extradition request now meets all legal requirements.

The only conditions attached to his extradition, the Colombian Ministry of Defense told the Government of the Netherlands, is that the capo cannot be “subjected to forced disappearance, torture, treatment or cruel, inhuman or degrading penalties, life imprisonment or confiscation”.

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) documents sent to Dutch police identified Dutch mobster Taghi, Raffaele Imperiale, Bosnian criminal Edin Gačanin, Richard 'El Rico' Riquelme Vega and Daniel Kinahan as the heads of a so-called ‘super drug cartel'.

According to the DEA, Imperiale, Taghi and Edin Gačanin also attended Kinahan’s wedding at the plush Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai in 2017.

The DEA documents described the ‘super drugs cartel’ as one of the world’s fifty largest drug cartels, with a virtual monopoly of the Peruvian cocaine trade.

The documents said the ‘super drugs cartel’ controlled around a third of the cocaine trade into Europe – with the main point of access through Dutch ports.

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