Hague official accused of taking bribes to supply Kinahan-linked hitman with fake passports

A 50-year-old woman identified only as Mildred Van D. appeared in court in the Netherlands on Monday for allegedly providing passports to 22 criminals while working as a civil servant in the municipality of The Hague between 2009 and 2004.

The passports contained real photos of the criminals but contained false names and other information.

Prosecutors allege she received €16,000 for providing the passports.

It is alleged that she was bribed by a criminal identified as Faysal N who was linked to large scale cocaine trafficking and violent kidnapping.

Dutch media Het Parool reported this week that a passport was also fabricated for Kinahan associate Ridouan Taghi, who was deported from Dubai in 2019 to face serious organized crime charges in the United States. Netherlands. Taghi had used a fake passport to enter Dubai.

Another Kinahan associate, Naoufal Fassih, was also found with one of the fake passports when he was arrested at a Kinahan shelter on Baggot Street in Dublin in 2016.

Fassih had gone into hiding in Dublin with the help of the cartel as he was wanted in the Netherlands for gang-related offences.

He was later extradited and sentenced to 18 years behind bars for ordering a shooting attack on Dutch national Peter Raap who survived the shooting.

In 2019 he was jailed for life for masterminding the December 2015 murder of Mohammad Reza Kolahi Samadi – an Iranian dissident living in the Netherlands.

Dutch authorities believe the murder was ordered by the Iranian regime.

Fassih was a leading member of a Dutch gang along with Taghi and Dutch-Chilean trafficker Ricardo “El Rico” Riquelme Vega, who was jailed for 11 years last year in the Netherlands for crime-related offenses organized.

Together with the Kinahans and other organized crime gangs, they would have formed a “super cartel” which would have imported 23 billion euros worth of cocaine into Europe.

Taghi is currently one of 16 people on trial in the Marengo trial in the Netherlands, where prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for his involvement in organized crime.

Although being held in a high security facility, Taghi was able to communicate with members of the supercartel and other associates.

Dutch authorities have previously alleged he discussed a prison break with associates and this week it emerged the FBI had tipped off their Dutch counterparts about Taghi’s communications from behind bars.

According to the FBI, Taghi regularly had “unsupervised physical and/or electronic communications” with contacts outside the prison with the assistance of “one or more compromised prison guards” while in prison. Extra Secure Institution (EBI) in Nieuw Vosseveld, maximum-security prison in Vught.

Messages recovered from cryptophones show Taghi was in contact with Italian mob boss Raffaele Imperiale when he was jailed in November 2020.

Police believe the couple were communicating about drug deals and have inferred from other reports that Taghi’s son was in frequent contact with Raffaele on his father’s behalf.

This year, a Dutch investigation codenamed 26Velp revealed that Jaouad F., the eldest son of Taghi’s sister, tried to bribe the guards at Nieuw Vosseveld through “bribes, blackmail and threats” in order to smuggle in a phone for Taghi.

Despite warnings from the FBI, Dutch authorities allowed Taghi’s cousin, Youssef, to visit him at the EBI and speak to him as a lawyer. The Ministry of Justice and Security said it initially saw no reason to deny Youssef entry to the prison.

Their first meeting was in March last year and Youssef was arrested in prison in October, accused of helping Taghi plan an escape from prison and delivering his messages.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) told Dutch media organization NRC that there were indications that Taghi could communicate with the outside world.

“It was investigated, but no hard evidence was found as to whether and how it happened. Therefore, in March 2021, there was not enough legal basis to refuse this new lawyer,” they said.

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