Dutch police order Princess Catharina-Amalia home amid fears of being kidnapped by 'Mocro Mafia'
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: Dutch police have ordered their Princess of Orange to return home from Amsterdam, where she is studying, amid fears she could be kidnapped by the mafia. Security measures in the Netherlands are now being ramped up to protect the nation's Crown Princess, 18-year-old Catharina-Amalia. Just weeks ago, she began studying in the Dutch city after leaving her parents' royal residence in The Hague. Princess Catharina-Amalia, known as the Princess of Orange, is the eldest of the King and Queen's three daughters, and is thus heir apparent to the throne. She has two sisters, Princesses Alexia, 17 and Ariane, 15.
The Princess is set to leave her accommodation and return to the Huis Ten Bosch royal palace, where she will be closely watched by Dutch security services, according to De Telegraaf. Catharina-Amalia's parents, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands are now in London paying their respects at the Queen's funeral.
Catharina-Amalia is reportedly at the risk of being kidnapped by the infamous 'Mocro Maffia', which is a division of the Moroccan Mafia operating in the Netherlands. It is believed to control roughly a third of all cocaine traffic in Europe. It is unclear whether she will continue her studies at the University of Amsterdam, but it is said she might continue remotely, the Daily Mail reported. She had enrolled there in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics at the beginning of the month.
Although the Dutch-Moroccan leader of the Mocro Mafia, Ridouan Taghi, was arrested in 2019, it is thought he is pulling the strings from the Dutch prison where he is kept. Claims that the Princess may be attacked or kidnapped were sparked after authorities discovered Taghi had corresponded with one of his cronies who had killed a Dutch filmmaker back in 2004. Numerous letters were exchanged between the duo containing passages from the Koran. Dutch authorities believe they may contain coded messages.
In July last year, popular journalist Peter de Vries was shot dead in broad daylight in the streets of Amsterdam allegedly by the Mocro Maffia. Nabil B, a former mafia member who was in contact with De Vries at the time, rolled on his fellow criminals and gave information to authorities. In September 2021, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was placed under police protection after it was found he may also be a target of the Mocro Maffia. Armed police closely tracked Rutte, who was barred from traveling by bicycle in public.