OM: decision to carefully shadow lawyer Meijering

In a new hearing in the Marengo trial against the criminal organisation of Ridouan Taghi, the Public Prosecution Service defended itself against the accusations made by the lawyers last week. The lawyers spoke of a “declaration of war by the OM” and want the judges to investigate the actions of the OM.

Among other things, the lawyers were angry about an official report in a related judicial investigation that was attached to the case. In it, Crown witness Nabil B. suggests that a number of lawyers leaked confidential information to criminals.

According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, that piece was intended to demonstrate that the key witness was a confidant of the organization and that the main suspect was Ridouan Taghi, the leader of that group. “It is not for us to judge the actions of the lawyers,” the prosecution said. “That’s up to the dean of the Bar Association.” The Dean of the Amsterdam Bar Association has begun an investigation into the lawyers.

In reports about these new documents in the media, the lawyers were labelled ‘messenger boy’ and ‘passersby’. The Public Prosecutor’s Office distances itself from this and denies that it has leaked the report in question to the media. In the opinion of the Public Prosecution Service, the heavy accusations made by the lawyers at the previous hearing were therefore unjustified.

Shadows

The lawyers had also complained that lawyer Meijering was followed by the police during a trip to Dubai. “To quote Rutte, you stay away from lawyers with your paws. That also applies to the Public Prosecutor”, he said last week. “Lawyers must be free to do their job.”

The Public Prosecutor says the lawyer’s shadowing was justified. “Observation of lawyers is permitted. Strict rules apply to eavesdropping on the content of conversations with secretaries, but these do not apply to observation. However, the commitment to attorneys at law has been weighed with the greatest possible care”

In that consideration it was of great importance that the Public Prosecution Service received a tip that the lawyer would meet Taghi. That tip turned out to be incorrect, but Taghi was the most wanted suspect in the Netherlands at the time. “While he was on the run, there were still murders being committed,” says an officer. One of those murders was that of the brother of the key witness in this case.