The extradition of the alleged right-hand man of Ridouan Taghi was already imminent. On Tuesday afternoon, the Public Prosecution Service announced that the 49-year-old suspect had arrived in the country. He was transferred to the Extra Secure Institution (EBI) in Vught.
On Sunday evening, the military aircraft, a Gulfstream IV, flew from Eindhoven to the Portuguese air base at Lajes, in the Azores. The aircraft flew via Bonaire to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. There, the detainee Razzouki was put on a plane, accompanied by Marechaussee officers from the Special Security Commands Brigade of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.
On Monday evening at 10:27 PM Dutch time, the plane left Bogota to make a stopover on Bonaire. The aircraft flew on to Lajes at 00:39 a.m., and then left at 07:38 a.m. on Tuesday morning for its final destination, Eindhoven. The plane containing Razzouki and nine other people landed there at 10:53 a.m. A police helicopter flew over the airport to keep an eye on the area.
The man, who is on trial for leading a criminal organization aimed at murder and involvement in three murders and several attempts, was transferred to the EBI under police escort. The helicopter flew along to accompany the column, which arrived in Vught around half past eleven. Razzouki was arrested in Colombia in Medellín in February 2020 after a year-long search.
The arraignment to the examining magistrate will take place on Tuesday afternoon in the maximum-security prison. It is unknown if the suspect will appear soon in the infamous Marengo trial.