Po­lice of­fi­cers im­pli­cated in ma­jor pro­tec­tion racket

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A net­work of ac­tive and re­tired po­lice of­fi­cers, along with lawyers and en­trepreneur­s are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in con­nec­tion with a crim­i­nal racket be­lieved to have been pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion to broth­els, strip clubs and il­le­gal gam­bling dens, Kathimerin­i un­der­stands.

In the con­text of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion launched by the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice (EYP) in 2015, and con­tin­ued by cor­rup­tion pros­e­cu­tors, a to­tal of 28 sus­pects are ex­pected to be sum­moned over the com­ing days to an­swer to charges of run­ning a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion, bribe tak­ing and money laun­der­ing.

The probe has fo­cused largely on ev­i­dence for­warded by for­mer EYP di­rec­tor Yian­nis Roubatis to pros­e­cu­tors. In a note to the pros­e­cu­tors, Roubatis claimed that the racket had “man­aged to in­fil­trate im­por­tant ser­vices of the Hel­lenic Po­lice.” The racket is be­lieved to have raised more than a mil­lion eu­ros a month.

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