Due to the potential for criminal activity, the Dutch princess begins her college career under tight security.
After her name was discovered in intercepts indicating that she was being targeted, along with the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, by the country’s criminal underworld, security has been significantly increased around Princess Amalia, who is 18 years old and the heir to the Dutch throne.
Amalia has not yet moved into the shared housing that she had planned to move into at Amsterdam University, where she started her studies in politics, psychology, law, and economics earlier this month. This is an indication of how seriously the threat is being taken, as it shows that Amalia has not yet moved.
Even though the specifics of the intercepted messages have not been made public, they have caused concerns that the princess, who turned 18 on December 7th, may be the imminent object of plans for “an attack” or “an attempt at kidnapping.”
When the heir accompanied King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima to the official opening of parliament on Tuesday — a journey through the streets of The Hague by traditional coach and horses — the police presence around her was described as “immense.” This was her first time accompanying the royal couple to the event.
After Amalia and the royal couple had returned to Noordeinde Palace in the city centre, they then appeared on the palace balcony as scheduled to acknowledge well-wishers. This was an event that the royal household was unwilling to cancel, despite the fact that it had not been possible for the previous two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The government information agency has declined to comment on the precautions that have been taken to protect the royals. On the other hand, when questioned about the most recent worries, the Minister of Justice, Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius, admitted that drug-related organised crime is now “a basic problem in the Netherlands.”
She went on to say that journalists, legislators, and other public people are under increased pressure because they want to continue performing their jobs despite the presence of criminals. Those who are involved are quite cruel. They have the intention of undermining all of the liberties that we uphold in our democratic society.
In addition to worries for Princess Amalia and Prime Minister Rutte’s safety, there has been outrage over the revelation that Ridouan Taghi, the individual who is widely regarded as the country’s most dangerous criminal, has been in contact with Mohammed Bouyeri, the individual who was responsible for the murder of film director Theo van Gogh in 2004.
While both were serving time at the maximum-security Nieuw Vosseveld prison in Vught, Taghi and Bouyeri exchanged letters. Taghi is currently on trial for allegedly masterminding a gang that carried out six drug-related homicides in the span of 18 months. Bouyeri was transferred to Rotterdam in September 2021, which is when Taghi’s correspondence with Bouyeri began.
In a statement, Taghi’s attorney, Inez Weski, stated that her client believed that the links to Bouyeri had been made public in an effort to “destroy him.” Taghi was represented by Inez Weski.
She stated that Taghi had made it abundantly obvious that he had “no wish to harm Princess Amalia” and that he would “never put a child in danger.” This was in reference to the princess.
In regard to the correspondence, she stated that it had been subjected to all of the standard checks conducted by the prison, and that her client would be willing to have it published in its entirety by the public prosecutor.
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