Scottish suspect found guilty of murdering Dutch blogger

A 33-year-old Scotsman named Christopher Hughes was convicted of murdering Dutch blogger and ex-criminal Martin Kok in 2016, according to Police Scotland. He was also convicted of serious organized crimes.

The Scottish criminal lured Kok to his murder on December 8, 2016 and was with the Dutch writer when two men shot him eight times outside a sex club in Laren, according to AT5. Another attempted murder had already taken place earlier in the day, when Hughes and Kok were meeting at a hotel in Amsterdam, but it was botched when the killer’s gun failed to fire.

Hughes was arrested in Italy in January 2020 and extradited to Scotland following an investigation involving international law enforcement, according to Police Scotland. He was convicted on March 30 after a trial in Glasgow High Court. Besides murdering Kok, Hughes was also tried for importing controlled drugs and possessing firearms and prohibited weapons and ammunition.

Several previous attempts had been made on Kok’s life. That summer, a bomb was planted under his car while he was eating in a restaurant, but was discovered by a passerby. A year prior, his house and car had been shot, according to AT5. Kok was a convicted killer who started a crime blog called Vlinderscrime.nl after his release from prison.

“It has been well documented that Hughes is a dangerous individual with a long association with organized crime in Scotland and beyond,” Chief Superintendent Stuart Houston said in a statement. “I am grateful to my colleagues in the Netherlands and Italy for their assistance in locating and arresting Hughes, enabling us to bring him to court to face the consequences of his nefarious actions.”