Amsterdammer convicted of murder arrested in Belgium

In Anderlecht, Belgium, a fugitive man was arrested for his role in a fatal shooting incident in Almere in December 2019. 26-year-old Amsterdammer Youssef Ben H. was previously convicted in absentia and was on the National Investigator list.

Police have requested information on the whereabouts of the defendant several times. Thanks to new intel, the police managed to locate the man on Thursday. A Belgian police team did the arrest on Thursday evening in cooperation with Dutch police teams. The man resisted violently but could quickly be overpowered, according to the police. Belgium has been asked to surrender the defendant.

Drug Deal

The deadly shooting incident was on December 21, 2019, in a house on the Stadhuisplein in Almere. It was supposedly a drug deal that resulted in a shooting. The victim, a 35-year-old man from Utrecht, was seriously injured and died a little later on the scene.

A suspect, 21-year-old El M., could soon be apprehended. The identity of the second suspect, 26-year-old Amsterdammer, was known to the police, but he remained a fugitive for a long time. Still, the case was already in court. Both suspects were sentenced to 14 years in prison early this year.

According to the National Investigations List, Ben H. is also suspected of plotting a robbery of a suspected drug trafficker in Almere. Hes been convicted of, among other things, gun possession and a failed house robbery. Ben H. is listed as a firearms dangerous.