Lawyer André Seebregts reported a violation of official secrecy on behalf of Najim Z. on Monday. The lawyer of the alleged drug trafficker informs NU.nl about this. The reason is an article in Het Parool, in which Z. is described as a suspected accomplice of Ridouan T. on the basis of information allegedly coming from the judiciary.
Z., 41, was recently arrested in Lebanon with his father-in-law Mink Kok on suspicion of involvement in cocaine smuggling. Z., who has since been extradited to the Netherlands, denies having a link with liquidation suspect T.
In the article by The Parool is written on the basis of detailed information that the criminal investigation department sees Z. as an important pawn in the criminal organization of the main suspect in the Marengo trial. Within T.’s gang, he would be responsible for, among other things, the financial affairs and the continuation of the drug trade.
“The nature of the information mentioned in the article makes it plausible that it was provided by someone within the judiciary or the police,” said Seebregts. The details do not appear in the criminal file that was provided to the lawyer about the suspicions against his client.
It strengthens Seebregts’ belief that information has been leaked to the newspaper from the judiciary, a criminal offense according to the lawyer. This not only affects Z., but also damages his family given T.’s reputation, Seebregts adds.
The aim would be to influence judges
This is reason for the counsel to report the matter to the chief public prosecutor of the National Public Prosecutor’s Office. Z. calls it very bad that this information was provided to the press. “After all, it is not easy to imagine a purpose other than improperly influencing the judges in his case,” says Seebregts.
Z. is associated with the smuggling of 750 and 840 kilos of cocaine intercepted in 2021 in the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. The man came into the picture as a suspect based on messages sent via Sky ECC, a provider of encrypted communications. Seebregts does not wish to respond to the suspicion of drug trafficking against his client
Z. argues that if he is accused of criminal offenses by the Public Prosecution Service (OM) and he is prosecuted for it, those who are involved should not be guilty of criminal offenses themselves.
Seebregts thinks that if the information on which Het Parool is based actually exists, it should be easy to find out who leaked it, because not everyone has access to it just like that.
A spokesperson for the National Public Prosecutor’s Office says he does not want to respond at this time.