Turkey’s Istanbul High Criminal Court rules to extradite the notorious ‘Black Mamba,’ a key figure in a Dutch drug syndicate. The decision follows intense legal debates and Bignan’s emotional pleas.
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Istanbul – The Istanbul High Criminal Court made a landmark decision on Friday to extradite Isaac Bignan, infamously known as “Black Mamba.”
Bignan, a significant member of the notorious crime syndicate run by Dutch kingpin Joseph Johannes Leijdekkers, has become a central figure in an international crime saga gripping Turkey and the Netherlands.
Dramatic Capture in Muğla
Law enforcement agencies captured Bignan in an intense operation this past July.
They apprehended him in Muğla’s southwestern province as he allegedly tried to make a hurried exit.
This arrest was not Bignan’s first brush with law enforcement—it was the second time he had been captured, with the previous incident taking place when he was unexpectedly cornered by the police in Istanbul’s Büyükçekmece district, based on a tip-off that he was about to flee his residence.
Emotional Pleas in Court
During his heated court appearance, Bignan made a heartfelt plea to the authorities, vociferously opposing his extradition.
“I demand my release. My life is here, and my family is here. I do not want to be extradited. Let the process continue without arrest,” he lamented.
Lawyers in Defense: Extradition Conditions Unmet
Bignan’s legal team presented a rigorous defense. Fehim Güneş, a prominent team member, argued that they were present with their client on the day in question.
Güneş stated, “As lawyers, we ensured his safe return home. We will not allow him to escape through us. The conditions of judicial control have not been violated.”
Another attorney representing Bignan was adamant that the accused had zero intentions of fleeing Turkey.
They fervently requested that Bignan not be returned to the Netherlands and that the trial proceed without detention.
Court’s Decision: Extradition
Despite the defense’s impassioned arguments, the court was swayed by the prosecutor’s recommendation to extradite.
Adding to the tension, Bignan, when prompted for his concluding remarks, doubled down on his reluctance to be sent back to the Netherlands.
The court’s final decision centered on Bignan’s outstanding 12-year prison term in the Netherlands.
Once this decision is finalized, it will be handed over to the Ministry of Justice for enforcement.
Given the looming threat of escape, the court maintained Bignan’s detention status.
The “Black Mamba,” a top target for Interpol with a Red Notice on him, hangs in the balance as the legal tug-of-war between Turkey and the Netherlands continues.