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DIICOT raids several buildings |controlled by the criminal gang known as the ‘Sportsmen’s Clan’

Prosecutors of the Department for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) yesterday raided over 10 locations in Bucharest and various Romanian counties, in a case that refers to many members of the so-called ‘Sportsmen’s Clan’ – one of the major criminal gangs that developed in Romania these years.After the dismantling of the ‘Camatarilor Clan,’ the most important organised criminal group that expanded its activity is the ‘Sportsmen’s Clan.’Besides violent crimes, its members also got connections in politics and at the top of important state institutions, such as tax authority ANAF.The targets of these raids are suspected of blackmail with the use of force, embezzlement and various violent deeds. Many knives, swords and clubs were found during the raids, and 10 people were detained for questioning at DIICOT headquarters.The top members of the Sportsmen’s Clan, including Gheorghe Mustata, the gallery leader of football team Steaua Bucharest, are being tried by the Bucharest Court of Appeals, in a separate case of organised crime and violence.The criminal activity of the 10 suspects, known as members of the Sportsmen’s Clan, was coordinated by defendant Mircea Emil Balus (35), from Bucharest. According to prosecutors, on 10-11 July, Balus “fraudulently gained RON 170,000 through an unauthorised intervention to a gaming device of the ‘electronic roulette’ type, which was tampered by the suspects so that to generate the winning combination.”Subsequently, the members of the clan assaulted and threatened to kill several victims, including the manager of the company that operated the gaming machine, forcing them to pay the RON 170,000 thus obtained, DIICOT sources explained.

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