Spain ar­rests 11 ac­cused of crime syn­di­cate links

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Eleven peo­ple of pri­mar­ily Ukrainian and Rus­sian ori­gin were ar­rested yes­ter­day in Barcelona ac­cused of con­nec­tions with or­ga­nized crime and money laun­der­ing, the Span­ish anti-cor­rup­tion prose­cu­tor’s of­fice said. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found in­stances of or­ga­nized crime, money laun­der­ing, forgery of of­fi­cial doc­u­ments and tax avoid­ance, the prose­cu­tor said in a state­ment. The ar­rests were the sec­ond large case in­volv­ing al­leged ac­tiv­ity by Rus­sian crim­i­nal syn­di­cates since May, when Span­ish au­thor­i­ties is­sued war­rants for 12 Rus­sians, in­clud­ing se­nior of­fi­cials said to be op­er­at­ing out of the coun­try. Those ar­rested yes­ter­day used cap­i­tal from com­pa­nies, mostly based in Cyprus or the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, to ac­quire, or form, Span­ish com­pa­nies which were used to buy Span­ish prop­erty, the state­ment said. The prose­cu­tor’s of­fice said it had dis­cov­ered more than 10 mil­lion euros of laun­dered money which had been in­vested in Span­ish prop­erty.

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