An investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and partner the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) revealing Central and Eastern European arms exports to the Middle East has sparked debate in Germany, with the opposition questioning Berlin’s own role in the trade.
State prosecutors have indicted a Bosnian man and six associates on allegations they smuggled dozens of firearms from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Serbia and Germany.
Organised crime gangs from Russia and former Soviet countries are on the rise in Germany, taking part in illicit activities with the potential to cause billions of Euros in losses, the country’s federal investigations chief has said.
Thirteen suspected members of a Balkan cocaine trafficking group were arrested Tuesday by Croatian and European police, according to a news release from Europol.
Sixty-nine homes and offices across Europe were raided and nine suspects were arrested in connection with online forums that were used for illegal operations, according to a news release from German police on Monday.
A suspected drug courier was caught Sunday at the Dusseldorf airport with 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of cocaine hidden in his luggage. Police also arrested nine others in connection with an international drug trafficking investigation, according to a joint news release from prosecutors and police in Bochum, a city northeast of Dusseldorf.
German and Turkish police Wednesday arrested 35 suspects and broke up a human trafficking ring that had been smuggling Syrian refugees across the Mediterranean and into Europe, according to the New York Times.
Czech and Polish police have arrested a total of 19 suspects accused of producing methamphetamine for sale in western Europe, according to the AP.
Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has issued a blunt threat to Germany: if Germany doesn't extradite two Turkish prosecutors pronto, Turkey may refuse extraditions that Germany might want in the future.
A court in Cologne has forced a regional newspaper’s website to unpublish more than 5,000 pages of leaked internal German military reports about Afghanistan, the Balkans and Uzbekistan.
European Union authorities have arrested 26 people they suspect of running an organized crime network that bought and sold illegal horsemeat across EU borders.
Safet Kalic, alleged Montenegrin narcotic trafficker, was extradited from Austria to Germany on Tuesday.
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