Expert: Italian Mafia has Mastered Complex Economic Schemes

The Italian mafia is no longer just a violent gang running local rackets and smuggling drugs, but has mastered complex financial operations that can impact the country’s economy, experts said following a massive bust of money laundering operations run by several Italian mafia groups. 

Imprisoned Moroccon Journalists Enter Hunger Strike

Two Moroccan journalists kept in unlawful pre-trial detention since 2019 and 2020 have entered a hunger strike after their trials have been postponed and their provisional release requests rejected for at least the tenth time.

Kyrgyzstan Closes Case Against Powerful Former Customs Boss

Kyrgyzstan has closed a money laundering case against former deputy chief of customs Raimbek Matraimov and released him from custody, putting an end to the investigation of a corruption scandal that marked last year’s election and made him hand over more than US$24 million to the country’s budget.

Officials Say Croatian Port Appears to be New Entry Point for Drugs

Croatian police confiscated nearly 600 kilograms of cocaine concealed in a shipment of bananas that arrived from South America to the Adriatic port of Ploče. Officials say that with increased controls in ports in Western and Northern Europe, organized crime seems to be looking for alternative routs in the south of the continent.