The Public Prosecution Service has demanded life imprisonment against two men for three murders for hire in Zaandam and Amsterdam. In one of those murders, in an Amsterdam community center, an innocent 17-year-old trainee was killed in 2018.
He was mistaken for someone else by the two perpetrators. In January 2018, the gunmen entered the community center in the Wittenburg district. At that time, various activities for young people took place.
The 17-year-old trainee Mohamed Bouchikhi was fired upon with a Kalashnikov. Two others were injured: the suspected target and a woman who was hit by bullets in both legs. Dozens of eyewitnesses were traumatized by the event.
Children witness murder
The two other murders for hire took place in 2015. Then a 24-year-old man was murdered in Zaandam in February, and a 43-year-old man in Amsterdam in June. Dozens of children saw that last murder happen, says the OM. They were outside playing in a schoolyard at the time of the murder.
According to the Public Prosecution Service, 41-year-old Randall D. was involved in all three murders. The youngest suspect, 30-year-old Emylio G., is only suspected of the two murders in Amsterdam. Three witnesses have testified anonymously about the involvement of the two. Evidence has also been collected from tapped conversations, telephone records and camera images. The judge will rule on August 4.
The two men already have a criminal past. According to the Public Prosecution Service, Randall D. has previously been convicted of possession of weapons and drug trafficking, among other things. Emylio G. is currently serving a 4.5-year prison sentence imposed on him last year for an attempted liquidation.
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