Wire­taps im­pli­cate po­lice of­fi­cers in crime rings

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At least seven po­lice of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing a high-rank­ing re­tired one, from precincts around the coun­try have been im­pli­cated in crime rings run by mem­bers of the Roma com­mu­nity.

Two of the rings, be­hind rob­beries that net­ted at least 1 mil­lion eu­ros, were smashed in a wide-scale op­er­a­tion last week.

Ac­cord­ing to tran­scripts se­cured by tap­ping the calls of mem­bers of the so-called “Roma Mafia,” the of­fi­cers were asked to in­ter­vene in or­der to sort out the le­gal run-ins of the gang lead­ers and make sure they evaded crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, con­ducted by the po­lice’s in­ter­nal af­fairs divi­sion in Maroussi, north­ern Athens, also re­vealed that one of the of­fi­cers was paid 10,000 eu­ros to frame a man for rob­bery be­cause he had dif­fer­ences with a lead­ing gang mem­ber.

Gang mem­bers went by var­i­ous nick­names, in­clud­ing “Satan.”

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