Himalaya liquidation trial resumes: ‘Lives endangered by OM action’ | Inland


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One of those suspects is Khalid J. (36). He is the man who was visited by his lawyers Leon van Kleef and Nico Meijering in Dubai in the autumn of 2019. What they did not know is that the lawyers were shadowed by the police in Dubai at the request of the judicial authorities in the Netherlands. Justice thought that the lawyers would have a meeting with the most wanted criminal in the Netherlands at that time, Ridouan Taghi. This appeared to not be the case.

That the lawyers were being followed and observed came out by chance. The Public Prosecution Service thought the action was lawful, but did not report it afterwards.

According to Van Kleef, no account has been taken of the safety of the lawyers and of Khalid J. After their visit, the police in Dubai are “full on Khalid J.” sit down, says the lawyer.


Khalid J. himself wrote in a letter that he was threatened with torture. He was told that “everything was known about him” and also that his meeting was “not with ordinary lawyers.” His interrogators threatened to take him to a place where he would “cry on his knees begging to leave.” And he was told that he was part of Ridouan Taghi’s ‘Angels of Death’. His relatives, up to a cousin of 15, were bugged and followed.

He would also have been aware of the commute by Ridouan Taghi between Iran and the Emirates, two countries that are not exactly on good terms with each other. According to Van Kleef, the judiciary in the Netherlands is the reason that Khalid J. was considered a terrorist who had to receive the same treatment as Ridouan Taghi. Both have been deported ‘like a hot potato’ without a request for extradition being based.

‘End justifies means’

Van Kleef wants to have the bottom stone up about the information that the Netherlands has shared with Dubai. “Apparently the view is that the end justifies the means as long as the suspicion is serious enough.”

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