Italian police are investigating an alleged partnership between the local mafia and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in smuggling crude oil from the Middle East and north Africa into Europe, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
How a batch of heavy machine guns travelled illegally from a Serbian state-owned factory to Syrian rebels via a Bulgarian arms tycoon and a Saudi military base manned by US intelligence personnel.
Hungary indicted on Thursday 11 suspected people-smugglers for the death of 71 refugees whose bodies were found two years ago in a truck in Austria during the peak of Europe’s migration crisis.
Spanish authorities said Tuesday that they have seized 503 properties worth US$ 740 million from the uncle of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and his relatives as part of a money laundering investigation.
Prosecutors in Bulgaria have opened an investigation after munitions produced in the Balkan country were reportedly found in Syria.
Italian police arrested 21 people in the country’s north on Tuesday for allegedly smuggling hundreds of migrants from the Middle East into the European Union.
Military analysts have again identified Balkan-made arms in the hands of Syrian rebel groups, OCCRP’s partner center BIRN reported. The weapons appear to originate from both Serbia and Bulgaria.
Fourteen members of a group have been arrested on suspicion of forging passports and other documents for people planning terrorist activities, according to a Feb. 18 news release from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
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.
Turkish authorities have arrested four people they suspect of being human traffickers responsible for the deaths of at least 12 Syrian refugees who drowned as their two boats sank on Wednesday.
Police in the town of Subotica, in northern Serbia, have detained one person and charged eight on suspicion of illegal border crossing and human trafficking as they tried to smuggle Syrians through Serbia into the European Union (EU).
Border authorities discovered 73 Syrian migrants packed into the back of a furniture truck on Saturday as the driver tried to cross the Romania-Hungary border.
Two incidents involving migrant boats near the Turkish coast have followed UN warnings last week that Syrian refugees are being driven into the arms of human traffickers in a growing humanitarian crisis.
Bosnianpolice made six arrests overnight Tuesday through Wednesday, raiding six locations in an investigation into the illegal travel of Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens to Islamic State (IS) territories in Syria.
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