German police concerned about activity of Armenian thieves in law
The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has been hunting for representatives of the Armenian mafia for more than three years.
Organized crime groups from the Caucasus region built a powerful criminal infrastructure in Germany, Der Spiegel reports.
According to the newspaper, for three years, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), together with the land police departments, has been conducting a classified operation to search for and detain representatives of the Armenian mafia. The federal intelligence service BND and Europol help the criminal investigation officers of Germany in the investigation. However, the BKA recommended that investigators do not accept the assistance of the diplomatic mission of Armenia in Germany, since the investigators do not rule out links between thieves in law and representatives of the state structures of Armenia.
The names of the suspected criminals of the Armenian crime bosses, whom the joint investigation of Der Spiegel and the MDR TV and Radio Company characterizes as “high-ranking authorities of Russian-Eurasian organized crime,” are not reported.
The publication also notes that despite the scale of the operation Fight against thieves in law (Fighting Thieves in Law) and a number of special services involved in it, the police have not yet achieved real success.
The existence of the Armenian mafia in Germany began to be discussed in 2014 after a shootout between two criminal clans in July 2014 in the city of Erfurt. However, due to lack of evidence, the results of the investigations have not yet led to accusations and criminal cases.
As previously reported by The CrimeRussia, the colleagues of the German police in Spain are more successful in the fight against the Armenian mafia. A few months ago, law enforcement officers in Spain in six regions of the kingdom held a large-scale special operation, during which more than 140 suspects were detained, among which six were thieves in law. All of them, depending on the role of each, were accused of trafficking arms and drugs, smuggling of tobacco products, money laundering and creating underground totalizators.