On Wednesday, the court sentenced the group of men responsible for the construction of a torture complex in Wouwse Plantage, Brabant, to 9 years in prison.
The images of the torture complex of the underworld that was found by the police in Wouwse Plantage in Brabant in June 2020 went around the world. The complex consisted of seven sea containers that were set up in a large shed. Six turned out to be set up as cells – with handcuffs that allowed someone to stand in cross position over a chemical toilet. A seventh container was set up as a ‘treatment room’ with a dental chair to which a victim could be strapped.
The police determined that all areas were virtually soundproof. Anyone who shouted as loudly as possible in a cell could hardly be heard outside. Scalpels and wire cutters and a finger clip were also found.
The complex came into the picture after investigative agencies succeeded in cracking EncroChat, a telecom service that thousands of criminals used to send encrypted messages to each other.
Dispute over approximately 100 million euros
Some of those messages revealed a heated conflict in the Dutch underworld. According to the Public Prosecution Service, key players in that conflict were cocaine smuggler Roger ‘Piet Costa’ P. and Robin van O. on the one hand, and the group surrounding Ali D. on the other. The dispute would revolve around approximately 100 million euros that Ali D. would have stolen from Roger P..
Ali D. should be locked up in the containers by the group around Roger P. and Robin van O. by their own ‘arrest team’. Another target was drug trafficker Ahmet G., on whom an assassination attempt had already been committed in Amstelveen in 2019.
In the verdict, the court ruled that the group had engaged in a plan to kidnap, torture and possibly kill people. “This group of suspects planned to take the law into their own hands in a ruthless way. The lack of respect for the physical integrity of others is shocking,” said the judge.
Sentenced to 15 years
Prime suspect Roger ‘Piet Costa’ was sentenced to 33 months. Earlier this year he was sentenced to 15 years for his role in a large drug case. Because there is overlap between that case and the case of the torture containers, he could receive a maximum of seventeen years and nine months in total. With this judgment, that maximum penalty has been reached.
Co-defendant Robin van O. is terminally ill. Therefore, the hearing of his case has been postponed. The question is whether that will ever happen again.
Hassan M., who is regarded by the Public Prosecution Service as the right-hand man of Roger P., was acquitted of the torture containers but sentenced to 8 years for membership of a criminal organization. He has also been convicted in the aforementioned cocaine case. His total sentence is therefore 16 years.
Other members of the group were sentenced to 9 years in prison.
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