A special police squad arrested a senior member of an international criminal organisation called 'Thieves in Law' (in Russian 'Vory v zakone') near the village of Hronská Dubrava in Banská Bystrica region on Monday, March 29, Police Presidium spokesperson Andrea Polačiková told the TASR newswire. Thieves in Law emerged in countries of the former Soviet Union but is active throughout Europe, she added.
The arrest was preceded by a request from the German authorities. They were searching for a man described only as Otari M., 48, who has managed to slip from the hands of authorities of several European countries.
The entire operation, which apart from Slovakia involved raids in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Italy and France, resulted in the arrest of 80 members of the criminal gang. "The gang was engaged mainly in organising thefts, with part of the profits being passed to more senior levels of the group," said Polačiková, adding that Otari M. will be extradited to Germany.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Apr 2010 at 10:00