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Suspect in criminal case denies he’s behind threats against Dutch Princess Amalia


Ridouan Taghi, the main suspect in the so-called Marengo trial, has denied any involvement in the threats against Princess Amalia, the heir to the Dutch throne.

It was recently announced that Princess Amalia had been receiving threats and had moved out of her student housing in Amsterdam. Due to the increased threat level, she now only leaves the house to go to classes.

Her mother, Queen Máxima, gave an emotional statement in which she said, “The consequences of this are very difficult for her. There is no student life for her, as there is for other students. I am very proud of her – the way she manages this.”

When asked how this affected him as a father, King Willem-Alexander said, “I cannot describe it. It is really difficult.”

Ridouan Taghi has not formally been named as a suspect in the case of the threats against Princess Amalia. The statements on 28 October came as he was being questioned as a witness in the case against his cousin Youssef, who is suspected of trying to break Taghi out of prison.

Ridouan Taghi is currently standing trial for murders related to organised crime, drug trafficking and leading a criminal organisation. He is being held in a maximum security prison in Vught, and the trial is being held in a high-security courtroom called The Bunker.

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