Husdrømmen i Spania ble et mareritt. Se Insider på MAX mandag 21.30.

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Hvert år blir mange nordmenn bosatt i Spania utsatt for grov utpressing og vinningskriminalitet. Insider setter fokus på dette i førstkommende mandag`s episode av Insider på tv kanalen MAX klokken 21.30

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Litt generell informasjon om sikkerhetssituasjonen i Spania:

Spania har blitt en av de viktigste utenlandsbasene til Napoli-mafiaen, også kjent som     Camorraen.

34 italienske mafiabosser har blitt arrestert i Spania de siste ti årene.

Ifølge spansk politi er det italiensk mafia som styrer kokainhandelen i landet.

Minst 24 italienske mafiaklaner opererer i Spania, sier politiet til 20 Minutos.

De siste ti årene har 34 ledere fra Camorra (Napoli), N´Drangueta (Calabria) og Cosa Nostra (Sicilia) blitt arrestert her i Spania.

Mafiabossene skal ha blitt tiltrukket av godt klima, samt kulturelle og språkmessige likheter mellom Spania og Italia.

Landet er også en naturlig inngangsport for narkotika fra andre verdensdeler, sier en representant for politiet til 20 Minutos.

“Minst 69 personer er pågrepet i forbindelse med en politiaksjon mot georgisk mafia i flere europeiske land, opplyser spansk politi”

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– En perfekt strukturert og ekstremt hierarkisk internasjonal kriminell organisasjon, kontrollert fra Spania, og i hovedsak aktiv innen tyveri, innbrudd og viderebehandling av tyvegods fra flere land, spesielt Sveits, heter det videre i den sveitsiske uttalelsen.

Ledelsen av gruppen i Spania sies å ha ført et meget rolig og upåfallende liv mens de ledet den kriminelle virksomheten. De ble arrestert, siktet for smugling av narkotika og våpen, utpressing og planlegging av drap, opplyste en kilde i Spania.

I Spania hevdes det at russisk mafia kontrollerer 90 prosent av all narkotika- og våpenhandel.

Europeisk politi har pågrepet 15 personer som mistenkes for å ha tvunget unge rumenske kvinner til å jobbe som prostituerte i Spania.

Valencia: Tre innbrudd i timen

Valencia er den regionen i Spania der innbruddstyver ser ut til å trives best. I løpet av årets ni første måneder ble det registrert nærmere 19.000 innbrudd. Det vil si i gjennomsnitt rundt 70 innbrudd per dag, eller tre innbrudd i timen.

Tallene som er hentet fra det spanske innenriksdepartementet viser at Valencia topper listen over denne typen vinningsforbrytelser, etterfulgt av Catalonia.

Årsaken til at Valencia og Catalonia kommer dårligst ut skal ha sammenheng med det høye antallet ferieboliger i disse regionene.

“Ifølge en pressemelding fra Newswire har flere nordmenn har blitt gasset og rundstjålet i Spania. Gjensidige Nor Forsikring advarer nå ferierende nordmenn”

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Verst på Mallorca

De minst trygge av de større byene i Spania er Palma de Mallorca, hvor 56 prosent av befolkningen har blitt utsatt for kriminelle handlinger i perioden 2010-2014, ifølge studien.

Deretter følger Alicante og Sevilla med 55 prosent, og Madrid med 53 prosent.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria plasserer seg litt under midten på utrygghetsskalaen med 37 prosent. Minst utrygg er Badajoz, hvor 26 prosent har blitt utsatt for kriminelle handlinger.

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43 prosent på Kanariøyene

Regionsmessig er det minst trygt i Levanten, hvor Spanias største turistområder ligger, Madrid og Navarra.

I regionen Kanariøyene har 43 prosent blitt utsatt for kriminelle handlinger. I regionene på solkysten er andelen 51-52 prosent, og på Balearene 50 prosent.

Kanariøyene er dermed den tryggeste av de største turistdestinasjonene i Spania.

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The secret lives of the Mafia hunters

January 25, 2016


The only time you are likely to see a member of the Catturandi is when they arrest a mafioso. They are the men “without a name and without a face” — when they carry out operations they wear balaclavas to ensure they can’t be identified.

The Catturandi

“We prefer to be called ‘The Band of Lions’ because that’s what we are: wild, free, and ready to attack at any given time in this jungle,” says IMD, which is how he wanted to be identified for this article.

There are fewer than 20 of them, and there is an obvious reason why they keep a low profile.


“Back in the day, you would receive death threats from the bad guys, goat heads sent directly to your house — it wasn’t pleasant,” he says.

In the 90s he also received photographs of his license plate, marked with a red cross. The threats drove some of his colleagues to leave the Catturandi but not IMD — and over the years the risk of assassination has reduced.

He and his fellow officers find they often develop strangely intimate relationships with the criminals they track. They can wiretap and tail them for decades before making an arrest.


“It’s like living with these people. You hear them conceiving their children, you listen to their family issues, you see their kids growing up and their emotions become yours,” says IMD.

One of the men they bugged was a doctor in Palermo, who is now in jail.

“He was really knowledgeable, we all learned Italian literature by constantly listening to him. We would take notes, get books he mentioned in his neverending lectures to his kids. It was like listening to a radio program and we were all fascinated by his manners, his way of thinking and his creativity. It was hard to believe he was a mobster.”

The weeks after an arrest can be unsettling.

“You don’t see them anymore — it’s psychologically hard to cope with and, as they were part of your daily life, you start missing them,” says IMD.

In his two decades with the police, IMD has helped to arrest nearly 300 mafiosi, including Giovanni Brusca, notorious for kidnapping and torturing the 11-year-old son of another mafioso who had betrayed him. Brusca had the boy killed and the body dissolved in acid — as a result, the child’s family couldn’t bury him.

“When we got Brusca, ‘The Pig’, he started weeping like a child.”

At the moment of arrest, when the Catturandi storm a mobster’s house, IMD says he can have mixed feelings. “You want to ask them a lot of questions: Why do you kill? Why do you do that to another human being?”

But the opportunities for conversation are limited, and any exchanges tend to be unsatisfying.

“When we got Brusca, ‘The Pig’, he started weeping like a child. Provenzano, the boss of bosses, on the other hand, remained silent and whispered to me, ‘You don’t know what you’re doing.’ But we got them, and that’s what matters.”


Brusca was a key player in the crime that inspired IMD to join the police. On May 23, 1992, the Mafia placed half a ton of explosives under the road to Palermo’s international airport, killing the leading anti-Mafia judge, Giovanni Falcone. Brusca was later identified as the man who pressed the button setting off the bombs.

“I was at my girlfriend’s 18th birthday party,” says IMD, who was a biology student at the time. “Her father was the head of the Palermo police response team and when the bomb blasted, the pagers of all the police officers at the party went off at the same time and everybody left in tears. That was this girl’s debut into society.”

IMD immediately wanted to find out what was going on but when he realized the road to the airport was sealed off, he decided to drive his motorcycle to the center of Palermo instead to see how people were reacting.


“Right there,” IMD recalls, pointing at a little piazza, “I saw a bunch of guys laughing and cheering while eating their panini. I went up to them and I told them Judge Falcone got killed. They stared back at me and said, ‘What the hell do we care?’

“I knew what I wanted to do. The following day I joined the police force to catch as many bad guys as I could.”

At that time, few young Sicilians wanted to join the Catturandi — partly because the job was too dangerous — so IMD’s application was accepted readily.

“Most people you knew would stop talking to you or they would spit in your face because being a cop was considered an unspeakable betrayal,” he says.


He dropped his studies and while his old university friends were “chasing girls in nightclubs,” as he puts it, IMD was tailing Giovanni Brusca and other Mafia bosses such as Salvatore “Toto” Riina, who ordered the Falcone murder.

While following Brusca, IMD and one of his colleagues ended up in Cinisi, a small town near Palermo.

“There was this group of girls so we approached them. The idea was to get introduced to people in Cinisi without raising suspicions. Of course it worked out … we got the fugitive but I had to marry her afterwards,” he laughs.

Their dates were unusual. His girlfriend — unaware of what was going on — provided useful cover.

“Instead of taking my girlfriend, now my wife, to nice beaches to kiss under the stars, I would take her to horrible places, dead-end roads paved with garbage, just because I was following the fugitive’s lover. We would start embracing and she would ask: ‘Why here of all places?’

“After dropping her off at her house, I would go back to the office and report.”

He used to tell his loved ones that he worked at the passport office. But when he and his fellow Catturandi caught Brusca, “everybody was in front of their TV screens, videotaping the arrest”, he says.

“When my wife [then girlfriend] saw those men wearing the balaclavas she noticed a familiar rear end and she called me. I couldn’t hide the truth any more. I told her, ‘Please don’t say anything to Grandma otherwise the whole world will know.’ Luckily, she was able to keep the secret.”

Matteo Messina Denaro

Italy’s most wanted mafioso today is Matteo Messina Denaro, also known as Diabolik — a nickname he took from an uncatchable thief in a comic book. The head of the Sicilian Mafia, he has been in hiding since 1993 — police believe he is living abroad, possibly in South America.

He once boasted that he could “fill a cemetery” with his victims, and last year it emerged that he had been communicating with fellow criminals using a code that referred to sheep. Messages between them included “The sheep need shearing” and “The shears need sharpening.” Eleven men were arrested in Sicily — IMD was there — but Denaro himself is as elusive as ever.

While the Sicilian Mafia is not as powerful as it was 20 years ago, it is still a problem for the island.

“They know they can’t kill people as they used to, so now the whole system has evolved into an intricate web of interests that entangles politics, finance and the very structure of Sicilian society,” says IMD.

For some, especially teenagers and tourists, the Mafia still holds a romantic aura. On Palermo’s street corners stallholders loudly advertise Godfather T-shirts, gun-shaped cigarette lighters and statuettes of men with moustaches and shotguns with one hand placed over their mouths. Muto sugno, Mum’s the word, it reads on the base of the miniatures.

One of these stalls stands just a block away from Via D’Amelio, a dead-end residential road where, on July 19, 1992, a Mafia bomb killed another judge, Paolo Borsellino. He was known as the “the good man of Palermo” for his stand against organized crime.

“These street stands are a paradox, just like this town,” says IMD. “We would like to be as civilized as the rest of the world, but we never let go this perverse fascination with the criminal underworld.”

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Abductors free daughter, 10, of Bulgaria ‘drug lord’

April 29, 2013


Police said Monday that the kidnapped 10-year-old daughter of one of Bulgaria’s alleged cocaine-trafficking lords, Evelin “Brendo” Banev has been released after 47 days in captivity


Abductors free daughter, 10, of Bulgaria ‘drug lord’

The kidnapped 10-year-old daughter of one of Bulgaria’s alleged cocaine-trafficking lords, Evelin “Brendo” Banev has been released after 47 days in captivity, police said Monday.

Lara Baneva was left at a parking lot in the capital around 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) Sunday and walked to a nearby police station, the interior ministry said. The girl was in good physical condition and was put under psychological care, it added.

State BNR radio reported that a ransom of 500,000 euros ($653,000) was paid for her release, but the information was not officially confirmed. According to private bTV television the kidnappers had initially demanded 2.0 million leva (1.0 million euros, $1.3 million) from the Banev family.

Lara Baneva was kidnapped on March 5 in the posh Boyana neighbourhood on Sofia’s outskirts while being driven to school. Witness reports said three masked men had opened fire on the car, wounding the driver and abducting her. The case was the first high-profile kidnapping of such a young child in Bulgaria.

The girl’s father, a 48-year-old former wrestler, was sentenced by a Sofia court on February 15 to seven and a half years in jail for laundering drug-dealing profits worth almost two million euros ($2.6 million).

The police operation against him and his accomplices was called “Cocaine Kingpins.”


Banev was subsequently extradited to Italy, where he is now standing trial for allegedly trafficking 40 tonnes of cocaine from Latin America to Europe for the ‘Ndrangheta mafia between 2004 and 2007.

Lara Baneva’s kidnapping was the first in Bulgaria since 2009, when police broke up a nine-member gang nicknamed “The Bold” that carried out over a dozen abductions for ransom in 2008 and 2009.

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