ANP Security at the De Bunker court location in Amsterdam during one of the hearings in the Marengo trial
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 14:00
A verdict in the extensive liquidation process against Ridouan Taghi and sixteen co-suspects is still more than five months away. The scheduled sentencing date is February 27, the court announced.
The court was actually supposed to rule in October, but according to the judges the case is too complicated to meet that date. That is why the verdict was previously postponed.
Taghi’s new lawyers, who replaced the resigned Inez Weski, had asked for a nine-month extension to read the file. The court found that too long.
Today, key witness Nabil B. was given the opportunity for a last word in court, but he declined. He doesn’t want to speak until later in the case.
Today’s hearing had also already been postponed. This spring, the lawyers of the key witness, Onno de Jong and Peter Schouten, unexpectedly resigned from the defense. Nabil B. was therefore without legal assistance for months. De Jong recently returned as lawyer for the key witness, but Schouten finally dropped out. They do not want to reveal the reason.
Life sentences have been demanded against six suspects in the Marengo trial. Taghi is one of them. The Public Prosecution Service sees him as the perpetrator of a series of murders between 2015 and 2017.
The key witness has been sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in the criminal organization. That is a halving of the ‘basic requirement’, in exchange for B.’s cooperation with the judiciary. If the court accepts the sentence, Nabil B. would be released in two years.
His defense believes that he should be released earlier due to security blunders by the Public Prosecution Service. During the trial, three people from the circle around Nabil B. were murdered. The Dutch Safety Board concluded that the protection of these people was inadequate.