Members of alleged Mafia gang released, then partially re-detained

The Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok ordered the release of four members of the alleged Bratislava gangland group Piťovci, because they had already spent 13 months behind bars unlawfully, according to the Constitutional Court says. The police however immediately re-detained two of them after they left the prison, the SITA newswire wrote on Thursday, August 1.

The Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok ordered the release of four members of the alleged Bratislava gangland group Piťovci, because they had already spent 13 months behind bars unlawfully, according to the Constitutional Court says. The police however immediately re-detained two of them after they left the prison, the SITA newswire wrote on Thursday, August 1.

The Piťo gang members, released on Wednesday and re-detained afterwards, appealed the verdict which remands them to custody, citing the possibility of fleeing. They are all being investigated for crimes connected to mortgage loans in the United States, obtained through fraud. Altogether, seven suspects have been charged. The trial is slated to begin Aug. 12. [The gang is alleged to be one of the leading crime groups in Bratislava, and suspected of several serious crimes including murders.]

(Source: SITA)
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