Jaouad F. (28) is formally suspected of co-perpetrating the murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum, who was shot dead in 2019 near his home in Amsterdam-Buitenveldert, Het Parool reports. F. is the cousin of Ridouan Taghi, who is himself on trial for a series of liquidations in the Marengo trial. At a hearing on Wednesday against a group of men who are also suspected of involvement in the murder of Wiersum, the public prosecutor said that evidence for F.’s involvement could be seen in many PGP messages decrypted by the police.
According to the public prosecutor, the picture emerges of a well-considered and thorough preparation. F. would also have sent the attack that a group of men committed on October 30, 2019 in Utrecht. A man was lured to the Hopakker and beaten with, among other things, hammers and a baseball bat. The victim survived. F. is the son of the eldest sister of Ridouan Taghi.
Jaouad F. was recently convicted in Morocco for drug trafficking, but to a relatively low sentence of six years. Morocco has not been convicted of the murder of the son of a judge in Marrakech in 2017, for which a brother of Ridouan Taghi has received a heavy prison sentence.
At the time of his arrest in November 2021, De Telegraaf already wrote, based on sources from the judiciary and the police, that F. was wanted for murders in the Netherlands. EenVandaag recently reported that F. is suspected of several murders in the Netherlands – including those on Wiersum – but will not come to the Netherlands. A spokesperson for the national prosecutor’s office told EenVandaag that F. has Moroccan nationality and will therefore not be extradited.
On Wednesday there will be a preliminary hearing before the court in Amsterdam against nine suspects of involvement in a criminal organization that committed the murder of Derk Wiersum. The main suspect in that case is another of Taghi’s cousins, Anouar Taghi. This Taghi was previously prosecuted for, among other things, the recovery of vehicles and a serious assault in Utrecht. He is now on trial for supplying a Renault Mégane and a Volkswagen Transporter to the perpetrators of the attack on Wiersum. Those vehicles would have been managed by Anouar Taghi in a warehouse in Utrecht.