BREAKING: The Netherlands’ most wanted criminal, Ridouan Taghi, arrested in Dubai

In September, Lawyer Derk Wiersum was tragically shot dead at Amsterdam Zuid. The shooter fled the scene and Dutch police have been on the search ever since. But earlier today, Ridouan Taghi was apprehended and arrested in Dubai for the murder.  

Arrest in Dubai

The Dutch Police worked closely alongside Dubai Police with scrupulous international cooperation to successfully catch the fugitive. Taghi was on national and international investigation lists and a 100,000 reward was offered to anyone who came forward with valuable information.

A team of 100 investigators and specialists from the National Police Unit were assigned to the case. Police Chief of the National Unit, Jannine van den Berg, says the arrest is a testament to their hard work and cooperation “In today’s world, building strategic cooperation is more important than ever and it is precisely through close international cooperation that it is possible to act effectively and decisively.”

Erik Akerboom, Chief of Police in the Netherlands, expressed his gratitude to the Police in Dubai for working so tirelessly. He says “The arrest of Taghi is of great importance for the Netherlands. With their criminal activities, Taghi and his henchmen pose a threat to the rule of law. It is very important for us as a police to protect the rule of law and to remove threats”, Police Netherlands report.

Image: Peter Dowley/Wikimedia 

Freya Sawbridge
Freya was born in Edinburgh but raised in New Zealand (cue every person she meets saying “oh I have always wanted to go there but it’s so far away!”). A restless and curious nature has led her to move countries 5 times in the last 3 years in attempt to find a place she can call home. She contacted DutchReview on a whim and arrived in the Netherlands in summer 2019 to start her internship.


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