Belgian businessman shot in Athens was convicted drugs dealer

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Belgian businessman shot in Athens was convicted drugs dealer

leChef
[LeChef: This case has links to Mexico]



Kristof Waegeman

A Belgian businessman shot dead outside his home in Athens a week ago has been identified as 47-year-old Kristof Waegeman, implicated in drugs trafficking through the port of Antwerp and sentenced to 12 years in absentia for dealing drugs.

Waegeman was shot last Friday evening around 21.00 by two men, believed to be contract killers, as he left his home in the exclusive suburb of Voula to get into his car.

His wife described him as a consultant to a company in Athens. According to the Gazet Van Antwerpen, however, he was known in the drugs underworld, and was sentenced in 2015 a drugs case to 12 years in prison, which he never turned up to serve.

The court at the time identified him as the leader of a criminal organisation that imported cocaine on a grand scale through the port of Antwerp, from where it could be distributed throughout Europe.

Waegeman was also identified as one of the key figures in the so-called Makreel case, named after the code name of one of the principals – Makreel or Mackerel, in real life Nordin E.M., whose brother Abdullah, who now lives in Dubai, was code-named Black.

Waegeman showed up in that case under a pseudonym of his own, Geert Nelle, registered as a director of a company that provided containers that were used to smuggle drugs.

That case, coincidentally, also revealed links between Waegeman and Jan Van Zandtvoort, another Antwerp drugs kingpin who was found murdered in Spain in 2016 after being missing for years.

Another figure in the case, the British-Belgian Martin “Billy” Meech, was more recently shot dead in Mexico by two moped gunmen – a favourite tactic of urban hit-men – before the eyes of his Brazilian wife and their German shepherd.

Source:
https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/115230/belgian-businessman-shot-in-athens-was-convicted-drugs-dealer/
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elranarene
there was news that the teenager of some belgian drug dealer from the town Gent was kidnapped and 5mio euro requested as ransom. They got about 300.000euro and police arrested 7 of them.
Kidnappers were islamic terrorists, one of them Khalid Bouloudo, suspected in the 2003 and 2004 Casablanca and Madrid bombings.

According to several media reports, the boy’s father has served jail time for drug trafficking while his uncle is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for drug trafficking after he was identified as a major kingpin in the European drug trafficking network.


https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/114752/convicted-terrorist-among-seven-suspects-in-belgian-teens-kidnapping/

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leChef
Thank, El Rana. Belgium is a major hub for drugs and does have a significant presence of the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta organization.
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elranarene
a friend from tamps told me he had seen a bunch of zetas/golfos during his visits in poland and czech. recognized them from a mile ;)
I was suprised about belgium, you never hear something about belgium.
From what i understood from him and other guys i know, spain and italy are some kind of safe hafen for them. Also from what you can sometimes read about guys like meme fantasma or politicians, a lot of them went to spain to keep low profile and enjoy their blood money. Its a shame.
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leChef
Maybe they were on that stag party route of Poland and Czechia?

The thing with Belgium is that it is such a divided country between the French and Flemish speaking parts, creating a perfect breeding ground for corruption and organized crime. Add big port entries, and you have a outstanding stew for drug trafficking.
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elranarene
I found this, https://zetatijuana.com/2020/06/confirman-vinculacion-a-proceso-de-escudero-escandon-lider-del-caf/ , and the last paragraph was interesting to me.

En la misma causa penal 06/2020 por secuestro agravado figura Ricardo Bozada, ex agente federal al servicio del CAF, detenido el 11 de marzo en el aeropuerto de la Ciudad de México al bajar de un vuelo proveniente de Amsterdam, Holanda,
In the same criminal case 06/2020 for aggravated kidnapping, Ricardo Bozada, a former federal agent working for the CAF, was arrested on 11 March at the Mexico City airport as he was getting off a flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Making connections and looking for business oportunities outside the US i think.
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