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POLICE CHIEF SAYS COUNTY-BASED POLICE FORCES MAY BE OBSOLETE

President of ACPO beginning to worry your blogger! If he’s calling for a proper review with independent members of an authoritative body, great. Its true weve needed one for a few years now. But he then goes on to oppose the Tories as well as the status quo and the Telegraph Report presents him as driven by terrorism as a priority police interest. He has been quoted before, possibly unfairly, as nor being someone who favours local demand above national obsessions. Reading too many redtops, Sir Hugh? “A service nationally organised but delivered locally”- that is he essence of policing.

RUSSIAN MAFIA SUSPECTS HELD ACROSS EUROPE

The operation originates in Spain. Article not clear who is being arrested and in connection with what crimes. Ends up complaining about suspects being allowed bail.

DESARTICULADA UNA RED LIGADA A LA MAFIA RUSA QUE SE CONTROLABA DESDE ESPANA

Spanish version of story in previous post. Georgians allegedly involved as well as Russians. Structure predaes the fall of the USSR. The organisation was involved in robbery wih violence and was quite a low-level operation, but organised across Europe. It may yet emerge that there was more going on than this.

AN EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL NETWORK

Nice article on Operation Java, discussing the nature of the “Russian mafia”, arguing that although tthe USSR may have disbanded, he crime gangs havent and maintain their old cross-border ties. the previous post referred to them as an obshak….Look it up!

EUROJUST CHIEF EMBROILED IN PORTUGUESE CORRUPTION SCANDAL

Not what Eurojust needed. All allegations at the moment but the Portuguese general prosecutor has begun disciplinary proceedings against Jose da Mota, the head of Eurojust. Worth a read and a follow-up around the web I suspect. EU Observer being cautious about the story.

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