mafia

  • Montenegro Police Arrest Kavač Clan Boss, Slobodan Kašćelan

    Montenegrinpolice said they have arrested five suspected members of a criminal group involved in usury, bribery, extortion and drug trafficking. The operation took place in the coastal city of Kotor, the home of two of the Balkans most dangerous mafia clans.

  • The US Arrests Mileta Miljanić, the Alleged Leader of ‘Group America’

    U.S. authorities have arrested the alleged leader of a criminal clan known asGroup America, believed to have smuggled tons of cocaine across the world. The gang is known for dismembering enemies with chainsaws, assassinating senior government officials and cooperating with intelligence agencies.

  • Italian Mafia Bets on Illegal Online Gambling

    Italian authorities announced on Wednesday the seizure of over 80 million euros (US$95.8 million) in assets and restriction orders against 23 people allegedly linked to Sicily’s Cosa Nostra for involvement in illegal gambling, aggravated fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.

  • Serbian Police Arrest 17 Suspected Members of a Mafia Group

    With the help of Serbia’s Security and Intelligence Agency (BIA), police in Belgrade arrested 17 people suspected of being members of an organized group that committed serious crimes, including kidnappings and murders, Serbian authorities said Thursday.

  • Montenegrin Mafia Figures Killed in Greece

    A Montenegrin and a Serbian with ties to a criminal clan were killed last week in an ambush near a villa they had been renting at Halikouna village on the south of the Greek island of Corfu.

  • A Mobster Clan in Canada is Being Decimated by Revengeful Rivals

    A Canadian forensic team identified last week the body of a businessman who is believed to have been the third victim this month of attacks against members of a crime family that were inspired by revenge for an old murder.

  • Serbian President Pledges to “Fight the Lies” About His Son

    After reporters again caught his son in company of alleged members of a drug trafficking clan, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić hinted on Friday that journalists were painting a target on his son’s forehead but that he will fight with all the strength he has and “defeat their lies.”

  • KRIK: Serbian President’s Son Again in Company of Mafia Suspects

    Following a tip from a reader, a reporter from OCCRP’s Serbian partnerKRIK managed on Wednesday evening to take a photo of the son of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in company with organized crime figures, adding proof to previous allegations about Danilo Vučić’s connections with the underworld.

  • Estonia’s Criminal Throne Sits Empty

    Ever since Nikolai Tarankov was assassinated by his godson four years ago, Estonia’s criminal underworld has not had a leader.

  • Switzerland to Prioritize Fight Against ‘Ndrangheta in 2020

    Switzerland’s Federal Police Office (Fedpol) deported two Italian citizens suspected of involvement in organized crime in 2019, marking the first time individuals have been forcibly expelled from the country on national security grounds because of their alleged ties to the mafia, according to German-language newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

  • Italian Police Nab Over 300 in Largest Anti-Mafia Raid in 35 Years

    Italy’s police said Friday that 334 mafia-linked suspects were detained in an early Thursday morning operation that was conducted simultaneously in four countries. Among the suspects are prominent politicians, lawyers, accountants and a police chief.

  • Croatian Police Busts Network of Document Forgers

    Croatianpolice arrested on Wednesday 23 people, including police officials, suspected of being members of an organized crime group that forged documents. Media reports that the beneficiaries were members of two notorious mafia organizations from Serbia and Montenegro.

  • Italy: 71 ‘Ndrangheta Arrests in the Rich North

    Italian authorities have announced the arrest of 71 suspected members of the country’s most powerful crime syndicate on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

  • Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Named to Vatican Court After Raid

    The Vatican has appointed one of Italy’s top anti-mafia prosecutors to head its criminal tribunal, just days after raids were carried out in the Holy See over alleged financial wrongdoing.

  • Russia’s New Mafia Crackdown

    Russia’s State Duma is considering a new law which would make it easier to prosecute the heads of organized crime networks who often avoid direct involvement in crimes, creating a charge of “holding a high position in a criminal hierarchy.”

  • Inside the Mafia-Run Cocaine Network Shattered by European Police

    A two-year investigation culminated this week with 90 arrests, splitting wide open a mafia coalition that trafficked drugs to Europe from across the world. Here’s how the clans ran it.

    Masked police stand in an ice parlor in Duisburg, western Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 as authorities conduct coordinated raids in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands in a crackdown on the Italian mafia. (Christoph Reichwein/dpa via AP)Masked police stand in an ice parlor in Duisburg, western Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 as authorities conduct coordinated raids in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands in a crackdown on the Italian mafia. (Christoph Reichwein/dpa via AP)

  • Sicily: Police Nab Top Mafia Boss, 80, and 45 Henchmen

    Italy’s military police descended upon Palermo, Sicily at the break of dawn Tuesday to arrest the alleged leader of Sicily’s notorious Mafia, also known as the Cosa Nostra, ANSA reported.

  • Italy Seizes $1.7b in Mafia-Linked Property

    Italian authorities have seized €1.5 billion ($US 1.7 billion) in assets from the heirs of a late businessman who had allegedly built his wealth on funds provided by Sicily’s notorious Cosa Nostra organized crime group, the country’s Anti-Mafia Investigation Directorate (DIA) announced Saturday.

  • Trial Against “Cadillac Frank” Tells Many Tales of New England Mafia

     Federal prosecutors accused a former mob boss of murdering a witness during the start of a high-profile murder trial in the Boston Federal Court on Wednesday, Reuters reported. The jury was presented with testimonies and narratives that dove into the complex history of New England’s mafia.

  • London Apartments Show Ongoing Ties of Odesa Mayor to Oil Mafia

    Odesa mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov denies links to his former colleagues from the city's notorious "Oil Mafia." But the purchase of a luxury property in London could indicate otherwise.

    Oxford Street, central London. A few minutes’ walk away are a number of properties connected to members of Odesa’s “oil mafia.” Oxford Street, central London. A few minutes’ walk away are a number of properties connected to members of Odesa’s “oil mafia.”