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Gang leader fights decision to let him face Dutch murder trial

 21 hrs ago


A Dutch gang leader, arrested in a Garda swoop on a suspected Kinahan cartel property in Dublin, has appealed a High Court decision allowing him to be tried for murder in the Netherlands.a man wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Extra.ie

Naoufal Fassih, 40, was surrendered to the Dutch authorities by the High Court in 2017 to face charges of attempted murder, assault, possession of false documents and money laundering. He was subsequently convicted in the Netherlands of all charges and jailed for 18 years.

In 2019, the Court of Justice of the EU found, in an unrelated case, that the Dutch public prosecutor who issued the European Arrest Warrant for Fassih was not a recognised ‘judicial authority’ and could not issue EAWs.a man looking at the camera: Naoufal Fassih, 40, has appealed a High Court decision allowing him to be tried for murder in the Netherlands. Pic: Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie Naoufal Fassih, 40, has appealed a High Court decision allowing him to be tried for murder in the Netherlands. Pic: Collins Courts

In 2020, Dutch authorities asked for permission from the Irish High Court to try Fassih on further charges of murder and incitement to murder.

Under the EAW system, member states can only try a person who has been surrendered for the charges laid out in the warrant. If they wish to try that person for further offences, they must ask permission from the surrendering country. On July 27 last year the High Court agreed to allow Dutch authorities to prosecute Fassih.

The Court of Appeal reserved judgement yesterday.

 

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