Organized Crime

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Journalists threatened following Boxing and the Mob exposé
Tyson Fury
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Following an airing of BBC Panorama: Boxing and the Mob - an investigation into the role played by Daniel Kinahan, a person named in Irish court documents as the 'head of one of Europe's most prominent drug cartels' - the Panorama team behind the investigation come documentary have been threatened.

After the broadcast on Monday 1 February, Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) has warned of unspecified threats from unnamed criminal elements to the investigation.

The broadcast, which ended up leading a call for tighter regulation in the sport, discovered that Mr Kinahan was still active in advising boxers renowned worldwide.

Kinahan's involvement in the sport caused a massive outcry last summer when legendary world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury thanked him publicly for setting up the much-anticipated title fight with another renowned champion, Anthony Joshua.

After the outcry, criticism calmed after it was announced he [Kinahan] would no longer negotiate Tyson Fury's fights.

Speaking to the BBC regarding the threats, Jo Carr who is the BBC's head of current affairs said "The BBC places the utmost priority on the safety of our teams, whose journalism plays a vital role in a free society. It is despicable and intolerable if thugs think they can muzzle a free press through intimidation. We will continue to through light into even the murkiest of corners."

The crime group that Mr Kinahan is linked to is alleged to be involved in drug trafficking, execution-style murders, and is even suspected of being involved in a feud with a rival Dublin gang that resulted in 18 people being murdered.

The lawyer for Mr Kinahan told the programme that he had no criminal record of convictions and that the allegations about him being a crime boss are false.

Interpol warns of global crime wave
Interpol warns of global crime wave

The international police organization Interpol warns of a global wave of crime in connection with the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine. Interpol General Secretary Stock sees thefts from storage rooms or attacks on transport routes as the greatest risk.

Criminal groups thought about how money could be made with the corona pandemic at an early stage. Fake vaccines are already being sold on the Internet.

Regional News • Europe
Mayor of Rome says she's been targeted by Mafia
Mayor of Rome says she's been targeted by Mafia
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According to the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, organized crime groups planned to kill her and her family after she demolished some of their illegally built villas in 2018, forcing her to live with a police escort.

Raggi stated that "we have been informed that they were planning an attack against me and my family," and that "there are parts of Rome where people come close to me to tell me to keep on fighting but then they move away because they are afraid of being seen by the clans,".

Munich store detective supports gang

A store detective for Saturn Munich supported thefts by deleting records of video surveillance and diverting his colleagues while gang members took the stolen goods to the car of the detective.

He and his accomplices have to face a charge of at least 2 years in prison.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Brazil gangs declare strict curfews over favelas to slow corona virus from spreading

With Brazil’s coronavirus death toll rising to 46, gang members in the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela in western Rio order residents to remain indoors after 8pm. The gang uses loudspeakers broadcasting an alert: “Anyone found messing or walking around outside will be punished.” The gangs of other favelas are following this principle and threaten the 2mio favela-residents to remain at home during the crisis.