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August 2, 2020

RUSSIAN oligarchs are too rich and powerful to be hit with a so-called McMafia orders to explain the source of their wealth, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has admitted.

After the Novichok poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March 2018, then Prime Minister Theresa...

August 1, 2020

A COURT case concerning the extradition of a billionaire oligarch wanted in Russia over one of the country's biggest ever bank collapses was shrouded in secrecy.
Georgy Bedzhamov, 57, the former head of the Russian bobsleigh team, is fighting extradition to Russia to f...

August 1, 2020

ONE of Albania's most wanted convicted killers has finally been extradited back to his native country after nearly 23 years on the run in the UK.

Hektor Mahmutaj, 44, (pictured above) who was living at Twickenham Drive, Wirral, was one of Albania's top-ten most wanted f...

July 27, 2020

US prosecutors are about to withdraw their request for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, before issuing a new alternative one, his extradition hearing was today told.

Mr Assange's legal team told Westminster Magistrates' Court they understood the US was about to drop th...

July 27, 2020

A FORMER Leeds United professional football player, who made the England youth squad, has been charged with possession of a firearm and possession of class A drugs following the Encrochat hack.
Paul Shepherd, 42, from Leeds, (pictured above) played for the club as a fu...

July 25, 2020

THE UK quarantine system for people flying into the UK is open to abuse with minimal enforcement, Essex News and Investigations can reveal.

As people flying into the country from Spain have been told they must now quarantine for 14 days, we can reveal how lax the checks...

July 21, 2020

ANOTHER Albanian national suspected of being involved in major drugs trafficking in Europe has been arrested in the UK.

Lorenc Sula, 41, whose address is not known, has been arrested by Bedfordshire Police after Greece issued a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for his arre...

July 18, 2020

NEARLY 40 suspected major drugs traffickers, including men accused of belonging to some of Europe's biggest mafia organisations, have been caught hiding in the UK.
Italy and Poland are each separately seeking the extradition of 12 fugitives from the UK who are alr...

July 15, 2020

A CANNABIS growing ring across Essex and east London was today hit as ten people were arrested in a series of eight morning raids. 

It was part of an investigation by Essex Police into organised crime groups exploiting vulnerable people by forcing them to grow and guard...

July 14, 2020

A MAN convicted of killing a Romanian athletics champion has given up his battle to stop being extradited to face justice.
Vasilica-Viorel Baciu, 35, became one of Romania's most wanted fugitives after coming to the UK after he was freed on licence after the death of c...

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