Police arrested 34 people in the town of Elektrougli, about 20 miles east of Moscow, saying they suspected the men were crime bosses who were meeting to divide territory and head off a turf war. Police described two of them as “godfathers” and three as “enforcers.”
No charges were filed, according to the site, but police said they’d found 11 grams of cocaine on one man.
Six more high-ranking Serbian officials were arrested last week in connection with an abuse of office investigation related to Serbia’s Ministry of Defense (MoD). Police arrested two defense ministry officials, a colonel from the MilitaryMedicalCenter, two retired majors and a retired sergeant major on suspicion that they abused their positions when allocating apartments.
The arrests were part of an investigation into an alleged crime ring within the ministry that is suspected of forging documents for people who were then allocated military housing, pensions and compensation for wartime injuries. Police arrested 17 people in February.
The MoD scandal has its roots in the old Yugoslav tradition of allocating free housing to most military personnel. Since Yugoslavia collapsed, Serbia has instead given housing to some military men based on their combat records or wounds sustained during the 1990s wars. From the looks of what the police suspect, Serbia’s system has been at the mercy of certain MoD officials and military doctors for a long time.
The mafia is investing in Italian firms to launder "the permanent, enormous, unlimited financial liquidity" it has accumulated from its drug trafficking and extortion rackets, Grassi said, quoted by (Italian weekly) Panorama.
Among the key industries the mob infiltrated were the building sector, real estate and finance.
In Rome at the weekend, police arrested an alleged Camorra boss after raiding an upmarket apartment building. Guiseppe Sarno was arrested Saturday night after attempting to escape from the roof of the building. Police had sought him since January.
The chief of Italy's paramilitary Carabinieri police, Vittorio Tomasone, said that the mafia is not just a problem of Italy's southern regions, but that it is also penetrating Rome, where it already has a "significant presence".
The arrest of of Sarno and two other recent anti-mafia operations in Rome "show that mafia-linked criminality has a significant presence in Rome," Tomasone sai. He described Sarno as a "high-profile" Camorra member.
Olmert is suspected of having granted favors to clients of his former law partner while serving in the cabinet post. He has denied any wrongdoing in the case, one of several police investigations against him.
Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz said he was considering charging Olmert with fraud and breach of trust, pending a hearing with his lawyers, the Justice Ministry announced.
Under existing laws, suspects must first be convicted before their property can be seized and trials often last years in Mexico. The new law allows prosecutors to ask a judge for a seizure order before the end of the trial.
The law covers property bought with income from, or used in connection with, organized crime, drug trafficking, kidnapping, human trafficking or vehicle theft. No compensation would be paid for any property seized.
The law was controversial even in Mexico, which has seen thousands of people killed in drug- war violence in the past year alone and seems to be in the grip of organized crime. Opponents had pointed out during debates that someone renting a house in good faith would have no legal recourse if the property was seized, something we’ll be talking about soon in an upcoming article on asset forfeiture. The bill was then passed with provisions to protect landlords or other property owners who have no ties to organized crime.
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