Man accused of murdering Dutch writer was using an Irish passport when arrested

A man who stood trial for the murder of a well-known Dutch writer was using fake passports, including an Irish one, when he was arrested, a court has heard.

Scottish suspect Christopher Hughes (33), who denied killing Martin Kok in December 2016, was traveling with a number of false documents when he was finally arrested in Turin, Italy, in January 2020.

Hughes, from Glasgow, is accused of killing Kok (49) at the Boccaccio club, near Amsterdam, on December 8, 2016.

The victim was shot in the head and body.

Hughes is also accused of attempting to murder the Dutch blogger earlier today and three other charges between 2011 and 2020.

A Glasgow High Court jury heard Mr Hughes deny all charges.

Detective Inspector Michael Lochrie told the jury he was part of a team taking part in Operation Escalation, which focused on serious organized criminals in Scotland and the UK with links to Europe.

Prosecutor Liam Ewing asked Detective Inspector Lochrie what Mr Kok’s profession was before his death.

He replied: “A Dutch journalist and crime blogger.”

Ewing continued, “Would it be fair to say that he published details about organized criminals that journalists wouldn’t publish?

Lochrie replied ‘yes’ and agreed that it was ‘quite often sensationalized’.

Ewing added: “Will the inquest into his death know that this is a man who has aroused the anger and rage of those involved in serious organized crime?”

Lochrie replied ‘yes’ and later added that Mr Kok was also a ‘well-known’ public figure.

The court heard that the alleged method of Mr Kok’s murder was that his whereabouts and time of departure from the Boccaccio Club were given to a named man and others.

Mr. Kok would then have received several bullets in the head and body.

Mr Hughes is further accused of being involved in the importation and supply of cocaine between December 2011 and January 2020.

It is alleged that he was in possession of firearms and firearm accessories for the purpose of supplying them to third parties and using them to commit acts of violence.

Mr. Hughes is also accused of engaging in a variety of other activities associated with serious organized crime, including renting property and purchasing vehicles under false names, storing and concealing cash, and transporting cash, drugs and guns.

Detective Inspector Lochrie (33) recounted documents he discovered when he was involved in the arrest of Hughes in Turin, Italy in January 2020.

Asked about a passport by prosecutor Liam Ewing QC, he said it was in the name of Alexis Rustenovs.

The cop identified Hughes as the man pictured in the Latvian passport shown to members of the jury.

He also named the defendant as the person depicted on a Latvian driving license and on a 2019 Irish passport.

Finally, a British passport bearing the name of Christopher John Hughes was presented to the jury.

Hughes defense QC Donald Findlay told Detective Inspector Lochrie that Mr Kok was a murderer.

He asked, “How many people did Mr. Kok kill?” The officer replied, “Two.”

The witness said he was “unaware” of a suggestion that there had been a third person. And it was claimed that Mr. Kok had served time in prison.

Hughes denies murder, attempted murder, involvement in serious organized crime and supplying cocaine.

The trial continues.

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