Episode 50: The Rise of Narco Terrorism in the Netherlands


A journalist shot dead in the street. A criminal lawyer murdered on the doorstep of his home in Amsterdam and the brother of a state witness shot as a reminder of the sentence for having violated the sacred code of the underworld “Omerta”.

Now Narco’s terrorism in the Netherlands has reached even higher heights, with its Prime Minister under 24-hour protection and the suspect behind these shocking murders who had planned a dramatic escape from the country’s most secure prison.

So, what future for a besieged nation and is the criminal Ridouan Taghi Europe Pablo Escobar? Nicola Tallant speaks with journalist Saskia Belleman from De Telegraaf about the street merchant turned mafia boss behind a series of remarkable events that have shaken the very foundations of Dutch society.

It reveals the contract killers hired to kill famous journalist Peter R De Vries, the secret prison meetings between Taghi and a lawyer currently under investigation and about a country questioning its ability to fight the organized crime monster.

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