Son of alleged crime lord Ridouan Taghi arrested in Dubai

Photo and artist's drawing of Ridouan Taghi: OM/Police

Police in Dubai have confirmed to the Dutch public prosecution that they have arrested 22-year-old Faissal T.

The Telegraaf, which reported the news earlier on Monday, claimed the suspect is a son of alleged crime lord Ridouan Taghi.

The Dutch public prosecution (OM) confirmed that the man arrested is suspected in the Netherlands of being part of a criminal organisation with the goal of international trade in forbidden substances, money laundering and planning criminal violence.

Dutch police and prosecutors reportedly suspect Taghi’s eldest son of carrying out criminal activities on behalf of his father, from Dubai, reports The Parool. It says that the arrested man denies the allegations.

Ridouan Taghi and sixteen other suspects are on trial for a series of murders and attempted murders in the massive Marengo trial. Taghi, once described as “the Netherlands’ most wanted man” was arrested and extradited from Dubai.

Three civilians associated with the crown witness for the trial, including journalist Peter R de Vries, have been murdered. A trial of the alleged killers of De Vries, and others suspected to be connected with the hit, is ongoing.

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