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ARGENTINA | 12-06-2020 16:00

Two leaders of Turkish criminal organisation arrested in Argentina

Two leaders of a Turkish criminal organisation have been arrested in Buenos Aires; the pair have been wanted internationally for more than a year accused of at least 28 criminal acts.

Two heads of a Turkish criminal organisation, wanted internationally, have been arrested in Buenos Aires, Argentina federal police reported on Friday. 

The men, aged 40 and 34, whose names were not reported, were wanted in their country for at least 28 criminal acts, officials said in a statement.

The duo are charged with premeditated murder, violation of firearms law, unlawful association for criminality, armed robbery, unlawful deprivation of liberty, and murder, among other charges. 

In Turkey, 54 members of the gang had been arrested and the government seized three AK47 rifles and 35 corresponding rounds of ammunition, and 12 hunting rifles with 96 rounds, among other weapons. The two men have had an international warrant for their arrest since May 17, 2019.

Officials was alerted several months ago by Ankara police that the two fugitives would be in Argentina using false identities, arriving from Panama. After several months of investigation, they were found at a luxury hotel in Buenos Aires, where they were arrested on Thursday. 

They are currently housed in the Federal Fugitive Investigation and Extraditions division of the federal police, officials said.

-TIMES/AFP

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