Alleged Dutch gangster killed execution style in Suriname
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Police in Suriname have launched a massive manhunt after a 37-year-old alleged gangster was gunned down execution style early Monday morning in a nightclub just north of the capital Paramaribo. In a bid to get information from the public, police released security camera footage, showing how Dutch national Marchano Pocorni was murdered.
Around 3.15 am, the two hit-men ventured leisurely into Café Shisha Lounge, walked directly to the victim, pulled out their guns and fired several shots at him from very close range. Pocorni was hit at least twice in the head, while he was also shot in the hip and one leg. The perpetrators subsequently ran from the scene and disappeared, possibly in a getaway car waiting nearby.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Acting Chief of Police, Agnes Daniel, said that in the meantime authorities in neighbouring countries were informed and asked for assistance. Also the Dutch judicial authorities were informed.
According to several newspapers and other media in the Netherlands, Pocorni was a notorious criminal in Amsterdam and suspected of being involved of the killing of another gangster in Antwerp, Belgium. He allegedly shot and killed fellow criminal Najeb Bouhboub in front of a hotel in Antwerp on October 18, 2012. In October last year Pocorni was the target in a botched assassination attempt in a bar in Amsterdam. He escaped unhurt in that shooting.
Pocorni allegedly fled the Netherlands to seek refuge in Suriname.
“We want to reassure the public that the police will track down and arrest the perpetrators of this heinous crime”, Daniel said at the press briefing.
Pocorni’s killing is the fourth murder registered in 2015 by the Suriname police.
By Ivan Cairo
Caribbean News Now contributor