The owner of the house that was shot at in the Merenwijk in Leiden, Ibrahim Y, is suspected of involvement in international drug trafficking and money laundering. The Public Prosecution Service (OM) reports this to media partner Omroep West. 33-year-old Y. has been reported internationally and may be abroad.
Besides owner of Club Magnum in Zoetermeer and Club Blu in Rotterdam, Y. also owns several houses. Last Thursday, one of these houses on the Sparrenrode in Leiden was shot at. Police found several shell casings near the home.
Local residents then said that they were startled awake by loud bangs, which may have come from an automatic weapon. Such a weapon was indeed later found next to a motor scooter with Bulgarian registration. It was probably used by the perpetrators and left behind after a fall. The police arrested a 33-year-old Rotterdammer on Sunday as a suspect for shooting at the house. He was brought before the examining magistrate on Monday. He has extended his pre-trial detention by two weeks.
The Public Prosecution Service suspects Y. of money laundering in addition to international drug trafficking. Research shows that the entrepreneur may have purchased the property of the Zoetermeer nightclub with criminal money. The club’s premises were closed by order of the mayor in 2019 after it was shot at twice and a hand grenade was found in front of the door twice. Despite this, things went wrong again at the end of June this year when both the Zoetermeer and Rotterdam clubs were shot in one weekend.
Out research by Omroep West and Key City it appears that the incident at the Sparrenrode is related to gross violence against the nightclubs in Zoetermeer and Rotterdam. Shootings in Leiden, at the house and a company, can be linked to the Magnum and Blu entertainment venues via a web of companies and addresses. The central figure in that large network of companies, commercial buildings and homes is Ibrahim Y.
Some of Y.’s companies are registered at the address on the Kenauweg in Leiden, where a hand grenade was recently found. Through another company, he is linked to the shelled house on the Sparrenrode. The house next door can also be linked directly to him and is also owned by the same owner as the business premises on Kenauweg.
Leiden mayor Henri Lenferink (PvdA) also informed the city council that he has ‘the firm suspicion’ that the incident at the house on the Sparrenrode is related to previous incidents in the city. This also includes firing on shisha lounge Marrakesh Lounge on Herenstraat. The relationship between Y. and that shisha lounge is not immediately clear from the research by Omroep West and Key City. Ibrahim Y. was involved in the company seven years ago, but that bond was broken, at least on paper.
Both the commercial building on the Kenauweg, the Marrakesh Lounge sealed with wooden plates, and the house on the Sparrenrode were initially closed by mayor Lenferink for two weeks. He is considering a longer closure. The AD reported more than a month ago that the police seized Y.’s house in Leiden. The Public Prosecution Service announced on Monday that this is not about the shot at house on the Sparrenrode.