12 Dec, 2023 @ 16:12
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Two alleged Dutch-Moroccan hitmen acquitted over gangland murder of Marbella nightclub impresario and Kinahan associate in 2019 

TWO Dutchmen have been dramatically acquitted of the 2021 murder of a Kinahan cartel bagman who was killed in a hail of bullets while driving his Bentley in Marbella.

The gangland hit targeted Abdelhadi ‘Marco’ Yaqout, 49, a high-profile nightclub owner and Daniel Kinahan friend. 

It was thought to have been ordered by notorious Dutch-Moroccan gangster and cartel partner Ridouan Taghi.

The playboy businessman was shot 12 times – including in the head – by two masked men as he arrived at his luxury two-storey villa in his British-registered car in the early hours of January 21??, 2019.

He was reputed to be the impresario of several bars and nightclubs in Puerto Banus and co-owned the popular Linekers brand of bars, set up by Gary Linekar’s brother Wayne Lineker.

‘Marco’ Yaqout was a famed nightclub impresario in the Puerto Banus area until his demise in 2019

The two accused, named as Badr K, 33, and Omar C, 23, were arrested in Spain and held in pre-trial detention for four and three years respectively.

Despite the acquittal in Spain, Badr K this year received a 25-year jail sentence in Holland for a separate 2019 murder in Amsterdam.

The pair were linked a murder trial that rocked Holland to its core when a lawyer for a state witness in an investigation against Taghi was shot in broad daylight.

Yaqout was a larger-than-life character who attended a VIP party for the opening of Daniel Kinahan’s MTK Gym in 2014.


Walter Finch

Walter - or Walt to most people - is a former and sometimes still photographer and filmmaker who likes to dig under the surface.
A NCTJ-trained journalist, he came to the Costa del Sol - Gibraltar hotspot from the Daily Mail in 2022 to report on organised crime, corruption, financial fraud and a little bit of whatever is going on.
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