“After a botched killing in Amsterdam one night in 2017, Nabil B knows he’s a dead man. He’s a close associate of Ridouan Taghi, one of Europe’s biggest cocaine kingpins. The question is who’s going to kill him first.”
Episode Five of Gateway tells the story of Peter R De Vries, a TV journalist who was a household name across the Netherlands for his coverage of crime cases. In Episode Three, we heard the story of criminal blogger Martin Kok. “I need to say he was killed because of
“Dubai did become a bit of a mecca for all sorts of interesting individuals on the run,” Alex Yearsly, an expert on money laundering, tells us in episode three of Gateway. We’ve already reported on how Dubai is a refuge for oligarchs and kleptocrats. But for years, it has
“That man needs to sleep. At all costs, brother. That’s what needs to happen, brother” Ridouan Taghi wrote in a text message. “He knows we’ll let everyone sleep on him if he has mentioned my name,” he says in another. “Sleep” had prompted an alert, as did “liquidate”
Reporting from Amsterdam and Antwerp, Mitchell Prothero spent the past year diving into Europe’s cocaine crisis through the dramatic stories of cartel leaders, cops, journalists, and victims caught in the middle for our upcoming podcast series GATEWAY: Cocaine, Murder, and Dirty Money in Europe.