This Shooting is a Frontal Attack on Freedom of the Press and Democracy. Eminent Peter R. de Vries is shot in the head and just about surviving. Why? Cartel gangsters felt challenged so shooting became their solution.

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Politician calls for clampdown on Kinahan cartel and associates after attempted murder of Dutch journalist

Police believe Dutch Morrocan crime lord Ridouan Taghi, a close ally of Daniel Kinahan, ordered the attack on Peter R De Vries in Amsterdam

Police oficers work on the site of an attack during which Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries was seriously injured in a shooting in Amsterdam
Police oficers work on the site of an attack during which Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries was seriously injured in a shooting in Amsterdam (Image: ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

A politician has called for a clampdown on the Kinahan cartel and its associates after the attempted murder of a journalist.

Peter R de Vries, who has been widely lauded for his fearless reporting on the Dutch underworld, was shot up to five times in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening. He remains in hospital fighting for his life.

Police believe Dutch Moroccan crime lord Ridouan Taghi – who attended mob boss Daniel Kinahan’s Dubai wedding in 2017 – and his gang were behind the attack.

De Vries was providing support to the state witness in a trial where Taghi and 16 of his associates are accused of seven murders and drug trafficking.

Dutch gangster Ridouan Taghi (41) who is being treated as a suspect for ordering the hit on crime reporter Peter R de Vries in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Taghi is a close pal of Irish mobster Daniel Kinahan.
Dutch gangster Ridouan Taghi (Image: Politie.nl/Dutch National Police)

Russell Findlay, a Tory MSP, lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament this week paying tribute to De Vries.

Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries
Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries (Image: REMKO DE WAAL/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

But he also said that Taghi is closely aligned to the Kinahan mob and a major Scottish criminal.

Findlay, a former journalist himself, said: “Over the past 15 years, at least one Scottish organised crime group has forged alliances with both the Taghi and Kinahan international drug trafficking gangs.

Daniel Kinahan
Daniel Kinahan

“The leader of the Glasgow-based gang fled Scotland for his own safety 15 years ago and ended up in Marbella where these connections were made and have flourished

“Peter R de Vries was targeted because he was effectively exposing and disrupting these cowardly criminals.

“It should concern everyone that a journalist in a western European democracy can be targeted by organised crime.

“I have lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament paying tribute to his courage and urging the authorities to crack down on these gangs.

“I hope that Mr de Vries makes a full recovery and that those responsible are brought to justice.”

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