Saturday 26 May 2018

Jailed mobster's link to the Kinahan cartel and beheading gang

Naoufal Fassih
Naoufal Fassih
Murdered mobster Gary Hutch

A Dutch mobster with links to a gang involved in the beheading of a rival criminal in Amsterdam, has been jailed for a month at Dublin District Court.

Naoufal Fassih (35), who is of Moroccan origin and an associate of the Christy Kinahan cartel, pleaded guilty to having a forged Belgian ID card and possessing cannabis worth €40 when he was found in an apartment on Lower Baggott Street on April 7 last.

He had already spent two-and-a-half months in custody on remand prior to his sentence hearing at Cloverhill District Court yesterday.

The feud in Holland which Fassih's associates are involved in has already led to the beheading of a criminal on March 9 this year. The severed head was left outside an Amsterdam cafe.

A woman was also shot dead in front of her children as part of the bloody gang feud.

It is understood 16 victims have already been murdered as part of the Dutch feud that kicked off in 2014, compared with seven in the Hutch/Kinahan feud, which started with Gary Hutch's murder in Spain last September.


Dutch media have previously reported that Fassih was a suspect for a shootout in the Staatsliedenbuurt area of Amsterdam in 2012 that led to two murders and kicked off the Amsterdam feud, but he has never been charged in relation to that.

Instead, Dutch authorities want to extradite the criminal back to Holland to face separate charges.

These include charges of assault, money laundering and possession of false documents.

Fassih is awaiting a date for his extradition hearing at the High Court and will remain in jail here until that case is resolved.

Yesterday, Garda Eoin Kane, of Kevin Street Station's Drugs Unit, told Judge John Lindsay that Fassih has 12 prior criminal convictions for serious offences in the Netherlands dating back to 1998.

In 2014, he was sentenced to 20 months, in 2002 he was given a three-and-a-half year sentence and in 2000 he was handed a two-year jail term.

His earlier crimes include two counts of unauthorised use of weapons, ammunition and explosives as well as extortion and attempted extortion, embezzlement, assault, openly joining forces to commit violence against other people and drugs offences.

Fassih, once described in court as a "man of means", was wearing €800 runners and allegedly had three designer watches worth more than €80,000 when arrested.

Gda Kane had also said that the man was arrested during an operation targeting members of the Kinahan gang.

He added that during the search of the apartment, three Rolex watches were found with one - an Audamars Piguet Royal Oak limited edition Michael Schumacher watch - valued at €40,000. The two other watches were valued at €35,000 and €8,350. They also found £12,825 (Stg) and €300.

Fassih told gardai his name was Omar Ghazouani and he had a Belgian ID card with that name and it had his photo.

Gardai also discovered a passport in another name and cannabis in the form of herb, resin and oil worth €40.

He continued to maintain his name was Omar Ghazouani when he was detained for questioning at Kevin Street Garda Station and during a subsequent court hearing.

However, gardai established his real identify through the assistance of Interpol and Fassih was refused bail on April 15.

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