Criminal organization busted, involved in extortion of health shop owners, grievous and dangerous bodily harm and breach of weapons law

Greek police headquarters

Athens, June 13, 2023

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Criminal organization busted, involved in extortion of health shop owners, grievous and dangerous bodily harm and breach of weapons law

-7- members were arrested, while in the case file that was formed there are also -3-

-9- cases of extortion were investigated, with occasional attacks against shopkeepers, while the “protection provision” in -9- shops was determined

Among other things, a number of items of clothing and footwear were confiscated, -2- bulletproof vest, shotgun, -31- hunting cartridges, -41- anabolic tablets and vials, -3- injections with anabolic substance, handcuffs, iron fist, -3,860- euros, -8 – mobile phones, -4- motorcycles and -5- cars

The Life and Property Crimes Prosecution Branch dismantled a criminal organization whose members were involved in extortion of health care store owners, grievous and dangerous bodily harm as well as violation of the arms law.

In order to dismantle the criminal organization, a coordinated police operation was carried out in the early hours of yesterday, Monday, June 12, 2023, during which seven (7) members of the organization were arrested.

Against them, as well as against three (3) more members, a case file was filed for – as the case may be – criminal organization, extortion, grievous bodily harm, dangerous bodily harm, damage to foreign property, violence against employees and violation of weapons laws, as well as the E.O.F. law in combination with the law on food supplements and the fight against doping.

In particular, after many months of systematic research and utilization of the collected pre-investigative material, it was established that the criminal organization was active in a coordinated and structured manner at least since January 2021 in areas of southeastern Attica.

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In terms of modus operandi, its members extorted owners of health shops under the pretext of “providing protection” and “on demand and for a fee”, causing dangerous and grievous bodily harm to people, collecting sums of money.

Also, they required their victims to turn to it “for the settlement of any matter” effectively replacing the role of the legally competent prosecuting authorities.

In fact, the members of the organization in many cases were distinguished by cruelty, increased immorality and antisociality, while they have been employed in the past for similar crimes.

In searches carried out in nine (9) houses of the members of the organization as well as in nine (9) vehicles, which are means of carrying out their illegal actions (four (4) motorcycles and five (5) cars) were found and seized in total:

number of articles of clothing and footwear, which were worn during the incidents/offenses,
-8-mobile phones and SIM cards,
-3,860- euros,
-2- bulletproof,
-31- hunting cartridges,
shotgun,
knife,
iron fist,
folding knife,
pair of handcuffs,
-3- injections containing anabolic substance of unknown brand 2.5 ml,
vials containing anabolic substances,
-41-tablets of anabolic substances as well as
agendas-diaries with notes related to the organization’s criminal activity.

It is noted that, during the operation, a member of the organization ran away at the sight of the police but was immobilized despite resisting with kicks and punches, while another member was arrested by police officers of the Chania Security Sub-Directorate in Chania.

In addition, as part of the investigations, a case file was filed against one more person for supporting a criminal.

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From the investigation so far, -9- cases of extortion have been identified with occasional attacks against shopkeepers, while the “provision of protection” by the members of the organization in -9- shops has been established.

Those arrested, who have been employed in the past for similar crimes, will be taken to the competent prosecuting authority.

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